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Second Meeting of the Expert Group on the Transboundary Water Allocation Handbook

30 - 31 March 2020

(by videoconference)

The Programme of Work for 2019-2021 under the Water Convention, adopted by Meeting of the Parties at its eighth session (Nur-Sultan, 10-12 October 2018), includes Programme Area 3 on Promoting an integrated and intersectoral approach to water management at all levels, which aims, among others to “support the development of equitable and sustainable transboundary arrangements on water allocation, and, to this end, increase understanding and knowledge of the criteria, mechanisms, tools and good practices for water allocation in transboundary basins and aquifers”.

The Expert Group, which is comprised of nominated individuals with relevant expertise in water allocation, met via video conference for the second time to provide strategic advice and inputs for the development of a Handbook on Transboundary Water Allocation. Revisions and updates to the Handbook Outline were shared based on the first meeting, as was feedback on the content of main chapters. Thematic presentations by experts and feedback helped to further refine the main content elements and reference to illustrative case studies. A draft flowchart for operationalising transboundary water allocation was reviewed and draft main considerations were brainstormed for further elaboration. The drafting team will now develop the main Handbook content.

This was a closed video conference meeting not open to the general public.

Documents and PresentationsENGSPA
AgendaPDF
List of ParticipantsPDF
Day 1 - Presentations
Session 1
Introduction
Mr. Peter Kovacs, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
PDF
Session 2
Discussion on four main content chapters
Mr. Antti Belinskij, University of Eastern Finland
PDF
Session 3
Proposed draft of the flow chart for operationalization of transboundary water allocation
Mr. Antti Belinskij, University of Eastern Finland
PDF
Session 4
Environmental/E-flows
Mr. Dave Tickner, World Wide Fund for Nature
PDF
Negotiation
Mr. Aaron T. Wolf, Oregon State University
PDF
Negotiation
Mr. Richard Moy, Consultant
PDF
Determining water needs: household water (urban) and agriculture
Mr. Riccardo Biancalani, Food and Agriculture Organization
PDF
Groundwater
Ms. Karen G. Villholth, International Water Management Institute
PDF
Co-optimizing flow regulation
Mr. Pedro Cunha Serra, Consultant
PDF
Co-optimizing flow regulation
Mr. Peep Mardiste, Consultant
PDF
Assessment of water resources
Mr. Phera Ramoeli, Okavango River Basin Water Commission
PDF
Assessment of water resources
Mr. Max Campos, Organisation of America States
PDF
Assessment of water resources
Mr. Tommaso Abrate, World Meteorological Organization
PDF
Session 5
Explanation of use of case studies
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention Secretariat, UNECE
PDF
Day 2 - Presentations
Session 8
Insitutional arrangements
Mr. Alpha Oumar Balde, Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal
PDF
Water rights and entitlements
Mr. Dustin Garrick, University of Oxford
PDF
Scarcity and Drought
Mr. John Dore, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
PDF
Scarcity and Drought
Mr. Jonathan Lautze, International Water Management Institute
PDF
Economic aspects of transboundary water allocation
Mr. Alexandre Martoussevich, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
PDF
Water rights and entitlements
Mr. Bradley Moggridge, University of Canberra
PDF
Session 9
Highlights of main chapter feedback
Mr. Antti Belinskij, University of Eastern Finland
PDF
Session 11
Next steps, milestones, roles & responsibilities
Mr. Rémy Kinna, Water Convention Secretariat, UNECE
PDF