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Workshop “Legal frameworks for cooperation on transboundary waters – Key aspects and opportunities for the Arab countries”

11 - 12 June 2014

Tunis, Tunisia

The workshop provided a platform to discuss the different legal frameworks for cooperation on shared waters resources and in particular the opportunity that the globalization of the Water Convention represents for the Arab region. Participants acknowledged that the Water Convention can be a source of inspiration for progress in the management of shared surface waters and groundwaters in the Arab region and neighbouring States. 

The workshop was held under the patronage of the Minister of Agriculture of Tunisia. It was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Center of Water Studies and Arab Water Security of the League of Arab States and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and with the support of France, Switzerland and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN).

This Workshop was a follow-up to the International Roundtable on Transboundary Water Resources Management in the Southern Mediterranean and responded the request expressed in June 2013 by the Arab Ministerial Water Council, which operates within the framework of the League of Arab States.

Please consult the related press release: Arab countries study the benefits of joining the UNECE Water Convention

 

Documents

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Information notice

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Practical information note

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Agenda of the workshop

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List of participants

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Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

as amended, along with decision VI/3 clarifying the accession procedure

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Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

Unformal translation into Arabic (not reflecting the amendment)

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Guide to Implementing the Water Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/39)

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Draft Guide to Implementing the Water Convention

Unformal translation into Arabic

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Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters (ECE/MP.WAT/40)

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Session 1: Transboundary water cooperation: benefits, challenges and situation in the Arab region

Review of transboundary waters in the Arab region: pressures and management issues
Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane, ESCWA

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Session 2: Recent developments in international water law

The complementarity between the 1992 Water Convention and the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention
Mr. Nicholas Bonvoisin, Secretary to the Water Convention

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Jointly promoting the two conventions for cooperation on transboundary waters
Mr. Fabien Dupuis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France

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The Draft Framework Convention on Shared Water Resources between the Arab States
Ms. Chahra Ksia, President of the Center of Water Studies and Arab Water Security

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Session 3: Overview of the 1992 Water Convention – Interactive session

An overview of the Water Convention
Mr. Nicholas Bonvoisin, Secretary to the Water Convention

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Session 4: Groundwater management challenges and response — International law and its application to groundwater

Application of the Water Convention to groundwater: the 2012 Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE

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Cooperating on groundwater management in the Arab region: the case of the North-Western Sahara Aquifer System
Mr. Djamel Latrech, OSS

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Session 5: Some perspectives on the 1992 Water Convention

Iraq: A country view on the Water Convention
Mr. Murtadha Juma’a Al-Sudani, Ministry of Water Resources, Iraq

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An Arab perspective on the applicability of the Water Convention in the Arab region
Mr. Khaled Abu Zeid, CEDARE

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Session 6: Implementing the Water Convention on the ground

How the UNECE Water Convention promotes transboundary water cooperation on the ground
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE

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International water law supporting cooperation in the Drin Basin
Ms. Sarra Touzi, GWP-Med

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Jointly adapting to climate change in transboundary basins: example of the Neman River basin
Mr. Egidijus Rimkus, Vilnius University, Lithuania

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Opening session: Sarra Touzi (GWP-Med), Chahra Ksia (LAS), Abdallah Cherid (Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia), Nicholas Bonvoisin (UNECE) and Chantal Demilecamps (UNECE) - From left to right
Representatives from Iraq and CEDARE presented two perspectives on the Water Convention
Participants from Arab States shared their views on the potential applicability of the Water Convention in the specific Arab context
Experts from UNESCO, ESCWA and France also contributed to the discussions
Most participants agreed on the need to further study the Water Convention at the national level