Promotion of Transboundary Cooperation on Groundwater

When, local time: 
Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, 23 May 2014 - 5:00pm
Switzerland, Geneva
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions

The workshop “Counting our gains: Sharing experiences on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation”, to be held 22-23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, is organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the International Hydrological Programme (IHP)of UNESCO (UNESCO-IHP).

UNESCO-IHP, in the framework of the Groundwater Governance of Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA) project, is supporting the participation of two experts from the Committee of Geology of Kazakhstan, who will present the Pretashkent Transboundary Aquifer, one of the three case studies of the project. The GGRETA Project is implemented by UNESCO-IHP and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The Chief of the Groundwater Section of UNESCO-IHP will participate as panellist and will chair several sessions.
This workshop will provide the opportunity to stakeholders with different backgrounds (water practitioners, politicians, parliamentarians, journalists, researchers...) to discuss the benefits of transboundary water cooperation and how benefits assessment can support the transboundary water cooperation processes. They will 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.

This meeting is also a follow up of the cooperation established between UNECE and UNESCO since December 2012, when the Meeting of the parties of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (1992 Water Convention) adopted a resolution establishing the cooperation with UNESCO and decided to adopt Model Provisions for the management of transboundary groundwaters.

These provisions, prepared with the technical expertise provided by UNESCO-IHP, are presented in a recently published report entitled “Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters” which encourages their use by states sharing transboundary groundwaters.