Jeffrey Zampieri studies political sciences at Freie Universität Berlin. He is scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (http://www.studienstiftung.de/en/). His research project within the GISCCD student exchange programme will analyze the cooperation mechanisms between stakeholders in the Indo German Watershed Development Programme (IGWDP). As a best practice case the institutional mechanisms of the IGWDP will be investigated in order to identify criteria for the compatibility of sustainable common pool resource management and central governmental steering. To comply with this goal, expert interviews with NGO members, programme coordinators and employees of the involved ministries will be conducted. The analysis of the institutional setting of the IGWDP will contribute to a better understanding of environmental governance regulation and therefore advance the implementation of other environmental programmes.