Seminar on Water Diplomacy for Decision Makers in Iberoamerica

When, local time: 
Monday, 30 November 2015 - 8:30am to Tuesday, 1 December 2015 - 6:30pm
Where: 
Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Natalia Uribe n.uribe-pando@unesco.org

The Seminar “Water Diplomacy” will take place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, on 30 November and 1 December 2015 at the Training Centre of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID). The seminar is organized by the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO in cooperation with the Conference of Ibero-American Directors of Water (CODIA) and counts with the support of AECID. The Seminar addresses high-level decision makers and Senior water managers in Ibero-America and aims at strengthening their capacities on Water Diplomacy and International Law as instruments for water security. It will be held back to back with the XVI CODIA Annual Meeting.
The world´s freshwater resources face major challenges related to global changes, often associated with huge demands for population growth, economic activity and, in some countries, improved standards of living. Cooperation at various levels and in various forms has a vital role to play in the implementation of sustainable solutions. International law, through negotiations and diplomacy applied to water, provides standards for States sharing rivers, lakes or aquifers, which requires compliance at the level of individual States through, notably, their national legislation.

This seminar aims to illustrate the potential of water diplomacy to solve various water challenges through cooperation. Likewise, it will present principles and rules of international water law, highlighting its concrete application in practice. Participants will learn about negotiation techniques and skills to reach agreements on shared or transboundary waters, as well as of the close link between bi- and multi-lateral agreements and standards, and the national water legislation of the various contracting countries.

Specific Objectives
• Analyze the role of water diplomacy in water security.
• Identify tools for promoting water cooperation.
• Understand the current issues of international water law, identifying the advances and challenges that it faces in the context of the water diplomacy
• Develop negotiation strategies based on the principles of international water law.
• Analyze the links between international water law and national water law
• Share experiences and good practices on transboundary water management in Ibero- America.