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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.

TitleENGRUS
Information NoticePDFPDF
Agenda of the workshopPDFPDF
Template for case studiesDOCDOC
First draft of the Policy Guidance Note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperationDOC

Background report:

Economic and environmental benefits of transboundary water cooperation

PDF
List of participantsPDF
TitleENGRUS
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
PDF

Introduction to the workshop programme

Eduard Interwies, InterSus

PDF
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
PDF
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
PDF
Pretashkent Aquifer
Bazarbay Nurabayev, Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use, Kazakhstan
PDFPDF
Mekong River Basin
Anoulak Kittikhoun, Mekong River Commission
PDF
Columbia River Basin
Richard Kyle Paisley, University of British Columbia
PDF
Cubango-Okavango River Basin
Ebenizário Chonguiça, Permanent Okavango River Basin Commission
PDF
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
PDF
North American Great Lakes Basin
Jeff C. Ho, Standford University
PDF
Murray-Darling Basin
Sarah Ann Wheeler, University of South Australia
PDF
Lower Jordan River Basin
Gidon Bromberg, Friends of the Earth Middle East
PDF
Session 6
Geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Introduction about the geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Roberto Martin Hurtado, consultant to UNECE
PDF
Teesta River Basin
Anumita Raj, Strategic Foresight Group
PDF
Nile River Basin
Wondwosen Michago Seide, Intergovernmental Authority on Development
PDF
Session 7
Communicating benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Introduction about the communication of the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE
PDF
Danube River Basin
Benedikt Mandl, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
PDF
Upper Lempa River Basin
Raul Artiga, Under-Secretariat of Territorial Development and Decentralisation, El Salvador
PDF
Mesta/Nestos River Basin
Jacques Ganoulis, UNESCO-IHP
PDF
Prespa Park Basin
Daphne Mantziou, Society for the Protection of Prespa
PDF
Session 8
Key messages for the policy guidance note
Key messages
Roberto Martin Hurtado, consultant to UNECE
PDF
TitleENG
Regional Benefit Sharing in the Mekong Basin: Draft scoping reportPDF
Case Study: the Columbia River BasinPDF
Case Study: Cubango-Okavango River BasinPDF
Case Study: North American Great LakesPDF
Case Study: Murray-Darling BasinPDF
Case Study: The Jordan River BasinPDF
Case Study: Teesta Basin PDF
Case Study: Dividends of Cooperation - the Case of Nile RiverPDF
Case Study: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in the Upper Lempa RiverPDF
Case Study: The Mesta/Nestos River Basin shared between Bulgaria and GreecePDF
Case Study: The Prespa Park BasinPDF