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Quantifying benefits of transboundary water cooperation

Transboundary water cooperation also has the potential to generate many significant benefits for cooperating countries, such as accelerated economic growth, increased human well-being, enhanced environmental sustainability and increased political stability. But while transboundary water cooperation has been increasing, some countries are still facing difficulties in cooperating. Even those countries that cooperate frequently do it only on a limited number of issues. Benefit assessment exercises can help countries realize the potential value of cooperation.

A Policy Guidance Note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation is being developed under the Water Convention to support Governments and other stakeholders in realizing the potential benefits of transboundary water cooperation, by providing an overview of the full set of benefits that can be exploited, an introduction to how benefits can be assessed, and guidance on how the assessment of benefits can be integrated into policy processes.

Development of the 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)

A working session during the Eighth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (25-26 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.

An expert workshop "Beyond water: Regional economic integration and geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation" took place in Tallinn, Estonia on 28–29 January 2015.

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 three workshops.