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Workshop on recent progress on transboundary water cooperation: from getting cooperation started to its long-term sustainability

4 July 2017

Salle XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The “Workshop on recent progress on transboundary water cooperation: from getting cooperation started to its long-term sustainability” was held in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, back-to-back with the twelfth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) under the Water Convention (5-6 July 2017).  It was organized under the leadership of Hungary and Lithuania and in cooperation with the Geneva Water Hub, International Network of Basin Organizations and the International Commission for the Protection of eh Danube River.

The main objective of the workshop was to support countries and basin organizations in advancing step-by-step their cooperation on transboundary surface and ground waters, especially with regard to the development and revision of agreements, and setting up and sustaining joint bodies.

By gathering experience and sharing lessons learned from recent developments in different parts of the world, in basins where cooperation is at different levels of advancement, the workshop aimed to galvanize progress, by showing that it is possible to start or engage in the next step of cooperation, even in challenging circumstances.

More specifically, the workshop illustrated experiences and lessons learned from recent developments (last 5-7 years), in particular:

•    In the starting off of cooperation and step-by-step establishment of the legal and institutional frameworks for cooperation, including new agreements and arrangements;
•    In the progressive development and long term support to cooperation.

Please access this link for pictures from twelfth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) and above workshop.

Concept Note                                                                   PDFPDFPDF
Session 1: Getting cooperation started
The negotiation and ratification of the Dniester Treaty  between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine
Mr. O.  Bon
Ministry  of  Ecology  and  Natural  Resources, Ukraine
and Mr. A. Ursache
Ministry of Environment, Republic of Moldova
Recent progress in transboundary water cooperation between Tanzania and its neighbouring countries
Mr. S.   Matemu
Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania
The 2015 Jordan–Saudi Arabia Agreement for the Management and Utilization of the Ground-waters in  the Al-Sag/Al-Disi Layer 
Mr. M. Alatrash
Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Jordan
The Convention and establishment of ABAKIR for Lake  Kivu and River Ruzizi in 2014
Mr. E. Munyakayanza
Kivu and Ruzizi River Basin Authority
The establishment and development of transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan and China
Mr. M. Zhakenov
Ministry of Agriculture, Kazakhstan
Session 2: Operationalising and sustaining cooperation
The negotiation of a revised transboundary water cooperation agreement between Hungary and Serbia
Mr. P. Kovacs
Ministry of Interior, Hungary
Transboundary water cooperation between France and Switzerland
Ms. S. Vermont
Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland  and
Mr. Y. Gouisset
Regional Directorate for the Environment Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
The Mekong River Commission’s  institutional reform,
Mr. N. Sukumasavin
Mekong River Commission
List of ParticipantsPDF