The extent to which countries are willing to engage into transboundary water cooperation is the consequence of the perception by each country of the potential benefits of cooperation.
A Policy Guidance Note is being developed under the Water Convention to support Governments and other actors in realizing the potential of transboundary water cooperation, by providing an overview of the full set of potential benefits that can be exploited, an introduction to how the specific benefits can be assessed, and guidance on how the assessment of benefits can be integrated into policy processes.
Concept note: Development of a policy guidance note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
The Expert Scoping Workshop on Quantifying the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation (Amsterdam, 6–7 June 2013) initiated a discussion on the approaches to and methods of quantifying the economic, environmental, social and political benefits of transboundary water cooperation.
Other events contributed to the development of the draft policy guidance note:
Seminar Tools to improve cooperation and dialogue in river basins (3 September 2013)
The workshop "Counting our gains: sharing experiences on identifying, quantifying and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation" (Geneva, 22-23 May 2014) discussed the benefits of transboundary water cooperation in basins from around the world.
A draft Policy Guidance Note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation has been developed based on the outcomes of these two workshops.
An expert workshop "Beyond water: Regional economic integration and geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation" will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on 28–29 January 2015.