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International Roundtable on Transboundary Water Resources Management in the Southern Mediterranean

26 - 27 November 2012

Rome, Italy

The International Roundtable on Transboundary Water Resources Management in the Southern Mediterranean provided a platform for the exchange of information and experience, which allowed representatives of countries in the Southern Mediterranean to work together and with other countries in the Mediterranean to:

  • Debate the current state, the progress achieved and the prevailing challenges for cooperation on transboundary waters in the Southern Mediterranean;
  • Exchange experiences, lessons learnt and showcase good practices of transboundary cooperation from different basins/aquifers, both from the north and the south of the Mediterranean;
  • Increase awareness on and understanding of the UNECE Water Convention and its work, including the technical and strategic guidance documents developed under its framework and the practical experiences of its application;
  • Identify options at the technical and policy levels for the way forward, including identify specific cases of cooperation on shared waters that present a certain level of maturity and could be promoted by the riparians as priority project to be supported.

The Roundtable was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-Med), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN), and the Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI), with the support of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.

The International Roundtable on Transboundary Water Resources Management in the Southern Mediterranean was held prior to the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties.




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List of participants




Session 1 - Setting the scene: Transboundary water resources management around the Mediterranean

An overview: Transboundary water resources management in the Mediterranean

Ms. Anthi Brouma, GWP-Mediterranean


Inventory of shared water resources in Western Asia: findings on status, challenges and cooperation

Mr. Andreas Renck, ESCWA/BGR cooperation


Status, challenges and responses: North Africa

Mr. Khatim Kherraz, Sahara and Sahel Observatory


Status, challenges and responses: South Eastern Europe

Ms. Francesca Bernardini, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


Session 2 - Creating the enabling environment for cooperation: global and regional legal instruments

The UN Watercourses Convention: background, content and relevance

Ms. Flavia Loures, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


The UNECE Water Convention: from regional to global?

Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECE


Fostering cooperation on transboundary aquifer resources

Ms. Alice Aureli, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


Developing a regional convention on shared water in the Arab region

Mr. Mohamed Al-Hamdi, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)


Session 3 - Creating the enabling environment for cooperation: Legal and institutional aspects

Establishing legal and institutional instruments: making use of a shared vision for the management of transboundary water resources

Mr. Dejan Panovski, Drin Core Group


The necessity of developping a global transboundary groundwater framework: Examples from the Southern Mediterranean

Mr. Mohamed Elrawady, Center for Environement and Development in the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)


A framework for joint monitoring and assessment in the North Western Sahara Aquifer

Mr. Hervé Trebossen, OSS


Session 4 - Creating the enabling environment for cooperation: Jointly managing water resources

Jointly managing water resources: examples from Jordan

Mr. Mohammad Alatrash, Jordan


Cooperative water management in the Sava River Basin

Mr. Samo Groselj, Sava River Basin Commission


Creating the knowledge and instruments for the management of Karstic Aquifers

Mr. Neno Kukuric, Dinaric Karstic Transboundary Aquifer System (DIKTAS) project


Making use of ecosystem concept in transboundary water negociations: The Iraqi Marshlands case within the Tigris Euphrates system

Mr. Fouad Abousamra, united Nations Environment Program - Regional Office for Western Asia (UNEP ROWA)


Session 5 - Creating the enabling environment for cooperation: Engaging the stakeholders and building their capacities

The dialogue approach in transboundary cooperation concerning ecosystem conservation

Mr. Nejih Benessaiah, MedWet


Capacity building with the Palestinian Water Authority

Ms. Najwan Rukab, Palestine


NGO involvement in transboundary water resources management

Ms. Thomie Vlachogianni, Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE)


Strengthening institutions for transboundary waters in Africa, ANBO/GWP Pan-African project with EU support

Mr. Francois Brikke, GWP


Capacity building on water diplomacy and negociation skilles in the Arab region

Ms. Chahra Ksia, Center of Water Studies and Arab Water Security, League of Arab States


Session 6 - Creating the enabling environment for cooperation: Mobilising financial resources

GEF International Waters programme area

Mr. Chris Severin, Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Session 5

Session 6

Intervention from the floor

Session 7