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Workshop “Counting our gains: Sharing experiences on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation”

22 - 23 May 2014

Geneva, Switzerland

Recognizing that cooperation can be encouraged and facilitated by broadening the perception of the potential benefits of transboundary water cooperation, Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) decided to develop by 2015 a Policy Guidance Note on how the full breadth of cooperative benefits might be identified, assessed and adequately communicated, together with the costs of inaction.

The workshop, organized in the framework of the Water Convention, gathered about 100 participants and provided a platform to:

- Discuss between stakeholders with different backgrounds (water practitioners, politicians, parliamentarians, journalists, researchers...) the benefits of transboundary water cooperation and how benefits assessment can support the transboundary water cooperation processes;

- Share experiences, good practices, challenges faced and lessons learned on the identification, assessment and communication of the wide range of benefits that can be generated by transboundary water cooperation;

- Support the further development of the draft Policy Guidance Note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation.

The Workshop was organized under the leadership of the Government of Estonia, funded by Estonia, Switzerland and Luxembourg, with the support of the UNECE secretariat in partnership with UNESCO.

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Information Notice

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Agenda of the workshop

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Template for case studies

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First draft of the Policy Guidance Note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation

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Background report:

Economic and environmental benefits of transboundary water cooperation

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List of participants

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Session 1
Introduction to the objectives of the workshop and to the policy guidance note

Work on benefits of transboundary water cooperation under the Water Convention
Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE

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Introduction to the workshop programme

Eduard Interwies, InterSus

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Session 3
Identification of benefits of transboundary water cooperation

Presentation of the typology of benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Roberto Martin-Hurtado, consultant to UNECE

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Session 4
Economic benefits of transboundary water cooperation within and beyond the basin

Introduction about the economic benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Jonathan Fisher, consultant to UNECE

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Pretashkent Aquifer
Bazarbay Nurabayev, Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use, Kazakhstan

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Mekong River Basin
Anoulak Kittikhoun, Mekong River Commission

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Columbia River Basin
Richard Kyle Paisley, University of British Columbia

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Cubango-Okavango River Basin
Ebenizário Chonguiça, Permanent Okavango River Basin Commission

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Session 5
Environmental and social benefits of transboundary water cooperation

Introduction about the environmental and social benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Jonathan Fisher, consultant to UNECE

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North American Great Lakes Basin
Jeff C. Ho, Standford University

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Murray-Darling Basin
Sarah Ann Wheeler, University of South Australia

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Lower Jordan River Basin
Gidon Bromberg, Friends of the Earth Middle East

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Session 6
Geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation

Introduction about the geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Roberto Martin Hurtado, consultant to UNECE

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Teesta River Basin
Anumita Raj, Strategic Foresight Group

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Nile River Basin
Wondwosen Michago Seide, Intergovernmental Authority on Development

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Session 7
Communicating benefits of transboundary water cooperation

Introduction about the communication of the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE

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Danube River Basin
Benedikt Mandl, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River

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Upper Lempa River Basin
Raul Artiga, Under-Secretariat of Territorial Development and Decentralisation, El Salvador

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Mesta/Nestos River Basin
Jacques Ganoulis, UNESCO-IHP

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Prespa Park Basin
Daphne Mantziou, Society for the Protection of Prespa

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Session 8
Key messages for the policy guidance note

Key messages
Roberto Martin Hurtado, consultant to UNECE

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Regional Benefit Sharing in the Mekong Basin: Draft scoping report

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Case Study: the Columbia River Basin

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Case Study: Cubango-Okavango River Basin

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Case Study: North American Great Lakes

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Case Study: Murray-Darling Basin

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Case Study: The Jordan River Basin

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Case Study: Teesta Basin

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Case Study: Dividends of Cooperation - the Case of Nile River

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Case Study: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in the Upper Lempa River

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Case Study: The Mesta/Nestos River Basin shared between Bulgaria and Greece

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Case Study: The Prespa Park Basin

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