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Workshop on Legal, Institutional and Technical Aspects of Managing Transboundary Groundwaters

29 - 31 May 2012

Almaty, Kazakhstan

This 6th CWC workshop will build capacity of government officials and other experts in EECCA countries on the legal and technical aspects of management and protection of groundwaters, with a focus on transboundary groundwaters. Specifically, the workshop aims to:

  • Familiarize the participants with existing processes, technical studies and legal frameworks related to management of transboundary groundwaters;
  • Present the experience of countries and joint bodies in the UNECE region on the management and protection of groundwaters and the application of IWRM to transboundary groundwaters;
  • Initiate dialogue and exchange of information on legal and institutional frameworks and management practices in EECCA subregion;
  • Discuss the draft Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters with representatives of the
  • countries of EECCA;
  • Develop recommendations on the management and protection of transboundary groundwaters, including improvement of legal and institutional frameworks for cooperation in EECCA subregion.

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Information notice

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Management challenges and response — international law and its application to groundwaters
The status of transboundary aquifers in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and a summary of pressures and management issues
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE

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Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers: major principles and obligations
Ms. Raya Stephan, UNESCO

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Application of the UNECE Water Convention to groundwater and the draft Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
Mr. Alexandros Kolliopoulos, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece/Vice-Chair of the Legal Board under UNECE Water Convention

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Governance of transboundary groundwaters: international experience
Global Groundwater Policy and Governance: The GEF Project on Groundwater Governance
and Other Observations
Mr. Robert Varady, University of Arizona, United States of America/Global Environment Facility project “Groundwater Governance”

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Strengthening the management of transboundary groundwaters: the role of specific agreements and joint bodies
Ms. Iulia Trombitcaia, UNECE

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Progress towards institutionalizing cooperation on transboundary groundwater: Convention on the Protection, Utilization, Recharge and Monitoring of the Franco-Swiss Genevese Aquifer
Mr. Gabriel de los Cobos, Service of geology, soils and waste, State of Geneva

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Initiating cooperation: assessment and characterization of transboundary groundwaters
Transboundary groundwater bodies of Danube River Basin District importance – Methodology for delineation, assessing and presenting the status
Mr. Andreas Scheidleder, Austrian Environment Agency/Groundwater Task Group of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

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Examples of managed aquifer recharge and needs for cooperation in Central Asia
Mr. Akmal Karimov, International Water Management Institute, Central Asia Office

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Global Environment Facility (GEF) project in preparation: groundwater potential in the transboundary Syr Darya Basin
Ms. Natalia Alexeeva, UNDP

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Groundwater management situation and the legal basis in Eastern Europe
Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in the Republic of Belarus
Ms. Volha Biarozka  and Ms. Olga Vasniova, Belarusian Research Geological Exploration Institute

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Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in the Republic of Moldova
Mr. Dumitru Coada and Ms. Mariana Merlan, State Agency of Geology and Mineral Resources

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Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in Ukraine
Mr. Grygorii Petruk, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and Mr. Peter Chalyi, Nedra Ukraine, Zapadukrgeologiya

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Monitoring transboundary groundwater bodies in the Russian Federation
Ms. A.V. Platonova and Mr. Boris Korolev, Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency (Rosnedra)

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Groundwater management situation and the legal basis in the Caucasus
Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in Armenia
Mr. Arutyun Yeremyan, Ministry of Nature Protection  and Mr. Vilik Sargsyan, Architecture and Construction State University of Yerevan

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Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in Georgia
Mr. Merab Gaprindashvili, Department of Geological Hazards and Geological Environment, Ministry of the Environment and Mr. Merab Chalatashvili, Geological Service, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

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Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in Azerbaijan
Mr. Adishirin Alakbarov, Mr. Adishirin Alakbarov, Azersu Joint Stock Company

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Groundwater management situation and the legal basis in Central Asia
Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in Kyrgyzstan
Ms. Ekaterina Sahvaeva, Department of Water Resources and Land Improvement/Mr. Gennadii M. Tolstikhin, Institute of Water Problem and Hydropower under National Academy of Sciences

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Management of groundwaters and transboundary groundwaters in Tajikistan
Mr. Akmal Akhmedov, Department of Geology under Government of Tajikistan and Mr. Rustam Barotov, Tajik Hydro Meliorative Expedition

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