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Global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins

4 - 5 December 2019

Salle XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The workshop started at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 4 December and ended at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 5 December 2019 in Salle XVI, at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. The workshop was followed by the Fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment, which was held on 6 December 2019, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Expected participation to the workshop from different regions of the world made it possible to exchange broadly experience in tackling challenges related to exchange of data and information, benefiting Governments, basin organizations and regional organizations in their particular contexts.

The workshop consisted of plenary presentations and discussion sessions as well as smaller group discussions and exercises.  Working languages were English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The workshop’s information notice is below.

The main objectives of the workshop were to: 

  • Discuss practical experiences, on the basis of a range of initiatives and basin or aquifer cases, related to different key issues in information and data exchange that has brought results and has allowed to overcome challenges, considering different solutions – lighter and more comprehensive ones, institutionally and in terms of resource requirements; 
  • Draw some recommendations on the themes highlighted at the workshop which can be taken on in further work with support of the Water Convention and the workshop’s organizing partners. 

The workshop enabled discussing practical experiences, on the basis of a range of initiatives and basin and aquifer cases, related to different key issues in information and data exchange that has brought results and has allowed to overcome challenges, considering different solutions - lighter and more comprehensive ones, institutionally and in terms of resource requirements. The conclusions from the workshop will be used in the future work under the Water Convention to foster transboundary cooperation and provide assistance to countries and joint bodies, such as transboundary basin organizations. In particular, the conclusions guided the discussions in the meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment which met just after the workshop (Geneva, 6 December 2019). 

Documents
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Information noticePDFPDFPDFPDF
Provisional agendaPDFPDFPDFPDF
List of Participants
Background material
Background paperPDF
Practical information for delegateslink

 The work done during the workshop as well as the following presentations have been made available:

Documents of the Group work
Session 1- Walk-in buy-in corners on challenges to data and information exchange
Corner 1 - Political challengesCorner 2 - Technical challenges
Corner 3 - Financial challengesCorner 4 - Administrative challenges
PresentationsENGFRRUSSPA
Opening




Presentation about the work on monitoring and assessment under the Water Convention and Introduction to the programme of event
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
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Session 1




How to achieve good environmental status of water bodies - Selecting the most indicative quality elements for chemical and hydro morphological pressures on water bodies: Experience in implementing EU Water Framework Directive principles in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus under the European Union Water Initiative plus programme
Mr. Andreas Scheidleder, European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership (EUWI+) Thematic Leader Groundwater Environment Agency, Austria
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Transboundary Waters Assessment programme: River Basin and groundwater components
Mr. Neno Kukuric, Director, International groundwater Resources Assessment Centre and Paul Glennie, Centre on Water and Environment at United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP-DHI Partnership)
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Source to Sea: Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management experience
Ms. Ulrika Stensdotter Blomberg, Senior Scientific Officer, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
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Session 2




Network optimization across borders and the challenge of integrating project-based extensions: Senegal River basin
Mr. Ibrahim Samba Ba, Expert manager, Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS)
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Some procedures and tools for an integrated and shared water data management at national and transboundary level
Mr. Paul Haener, Expert in Water Information Systems, International Office for Water/ International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO)
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International monitoring network, and the transboundary data exchange in the Rhine river basin - merely technological progress?
Mr. Peter Diehl, Executive Secretary, German Rhine River Basin Community
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Current Legal Frameworks and Future Prospects of Data and Information Exchange in Afghanistan Transboundary River Basins
Mr. Ghulam Mujtaba Zaka, Desk Member of Transboundary Waters Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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Hydro-BIDA: Public Platform for Modelling Hydrology and Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Mr. Raul Munoz Castillo, Senior Water Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (remote intervention)
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Session 3




Addressing water policy information needs with official statistics: International statistical frameworks, guidelines and classifications
Mr. Michael Nagy, Statistics Division, UNECE
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From physical-chemical to hydrobiological monitoring and data exchange and assessment of water body status: challenges of comparability of monitoring data and information with different and changing approaches of riparian countries - Case study from the Belarus-Lithuanian cooperation on the Neman River Basin
Mr. Vladimir Korneev, Head of Monitoring and State Water Cadastre Department, Central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water, Belarus
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Importance of data exchange and information in cross-border basins shared by Tunisia
Mr. Hassen Lofti Frigui, Water Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Water resources and Fisheries, Tunisia
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WMO Hydrological Observing System (WHOS)
Mr. Igor Chernov, Associate Project Support Officer, World Meteorological Organization
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WMO Hydrological Observing System (WHOS)
Ms. Flavia Fiore, Director of the Directorate of River Basin Management, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Paraguay


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Session 4




Introductory Presentation: Obligations under international water law for transboundary exchange of data and information
Mr. Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University at the Pacific, United States
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Data exchange in transboundary waters: Assessing on-the-ground practice
Ms. Mukuyu Patience, Researcher, International Water management Institute-Southern Africa office in Pretoria (IWMI)
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Developing the legal and institutional framework for data and information exchange in the Amazon basin: results from the GEF Amazon Project (ACTO/ UNEP)
Ms. Maria Apostolova, Specialist in International Water Management, GEF Amazon Project (ACTO-UNEP)
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Progressive evolution of the legal basis for data and information exchange in the Sava River Basin: protocols, data policy, GIS and information systems
Mr. Mirza Sarac, Senior Specialist in Water Management, International Sava River Basin Commission
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Water quality cooperation on the basis of a bilateral agreement: Kazakhstan-China
Ms. Damegul Kabiyeva, Minister-Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
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Session 5 - Group discussions
Instructions to participantsPDFPDFPDFPDF
Group 1: Early warning systems for flood and drought period management
Mr. Michael Schwab, JPO and Ms. Katrin Ehlert, WMO
Group 2: Early warning systems for flood and drought period management
Mr. Vladimir Korneev, Head of Monitoring and State Water cadastre Department, central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water, Belarus
Group 3: Future Outlook: climate change and socio-economic demands
Ms. Hanna Plotnykova, Water Convention Secretariat, UNECE
Group 4: Future Outlook: climate change and socio-economic demands
Mr. Callist Tindimugaya, Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
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Group 5: Ecosystems and environmental information
Mr. Henrique Pinheiro Veiga, Deputy Director of Water Resources and Watershed Revitalization, Ministry of Regional Development, Brazil
Group 6 and 7: Ecosystems and environmental information
Ms. Maryna Yanush, Environmental Affairs Officer, Aarhus Convention Secretariat, UNECE; Ms. Christine Kitzler, Water Convention Secretariat, UNECE
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Group 8: Reporting obligations and other data exchange processes for cooperation
Mr. Paul Haener, Expert in Water Information Systems, International Office for Water/ International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO)
Group 9: Reporting obligations and other data exchange processes for cooperation
Mr. Hycinth Banseka, GWP Central Africa
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Group 10: Reporting obligations and other data exchange processes for cooperation
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, Water Convention Secretariat, UNECE
Group 11: Groundwater
Mr. Neno Kukuric, Director, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre
Group 12: Groundwater
Mr. Jos Luis Martin, Expert in groundwater management
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Session 6
Turning an incident into an opportunity for initiating data and information exchange: Moving on from a dam failure between Nigeria and Cameroon
Mr. Daniel Claude Wang Sonne, Sub Director of Energy Management, Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, Cameroon
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Modalities of work when exchanging data among Parties and with observers: Mekong River Basin
Mr. Soukaseum Phichit, Information systems and Database Specialist, Mekong River Commission Secretariat
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Robustness in the face of challenges/ Planned developments and coordination needs: Data Exchange in Nile River Basin
Mr. Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla, Executive Secretary, Nile River Basin Initiative
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How to overcome obstacles in data exchanges and information: -La Plata River Basin - Data bank and use of diverse sources
Mr. Daniel Greif Carambula, National Director of Water, Ministry of Environment, Uruguay
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Getting started with information exchange: Case study from the Khrami/ Debed River basin between Georgia and Armenia
Ms. Eliso Barnovi, European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership (EUWI+) national representative in Georgia
Session 7
Financing data and information exchange
Ms. Christina Leb, Senior Counsel, World Bank
Country perspective from Honduras: Challenges in keeping monitoring and exchange ongoing
Ms. Sonia E. Carpio Mendoza, Ambassador-Advisor, Sovereignty and Borders Commission, Secretariat of Foreign relations
Institutional responsibilties and good practice for sustainability in data exchange - Economic Community of Central African States Case Study
Mr. Narcisse Odoua, Senior Water manager expert, Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC)
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Central Asian Water Information System: the role of joint bodies in ensuring continuity in gathering hydrological data
Ms. Dinara Ziganshina, Deputy Director of Scientific Information Centre of Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (ICWC) in Central Asia
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The role of utilities, private sector, scientific institutions, civil society organizations and NGOs. Data Exchange to promote peace cooperation in Jordan Valley
Mr. Navad Tal, Water officer, Eco Peace Middle East
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