Final Meeting First Phase GGRETA Project

On 15 – 16 December 2015, the final project meeting for the Groundwater Resources Governance in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA) project was held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. This final project meeting was attended by representatives of the donor agency, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and all project partners as well as diplomats from the case study countries and Switzerland. The aim of the meeting was to share results from Phase 1 (2013-2015) and discuss a potential Phase 2. During this meeting, Ambassador of Swiss Confederation H.E. Mr Jean-Frédéric Jauslin announced that the SDC has indeed decided to fund phase 2 of the project.
The main objective of day 1 of the meeting was to present the main findings of GGRETA Phase 1. After the official opening by UNESCO-IHP representatives and statements from delegates from project countries as well as Switzerland, results were presented for all three case studies. On behalf of WWAP, Francesca Greco presented the Gender...

On 15 – 16 December 2015, the final project meeting for the Groundwater Resources Governance in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA) project was held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. This final project meeting was attended by representatives of the donor agency, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and all project partners as well as diplomats from the case study countries and Switzerland. The aim of the meeting was to share results from Phase 1 (2013-2015) and discuss a potential Phase 2. During this meeting, Ambassador of Swiss Confederation H.E. Mr Jean-Frédéric Jauslin announced that the SDC has indeed decided to fund phase 2 of the project.

The main objective of day 1 of the  meeting was to present the main findings of GGRETA Phase 1. After the official opening by UNESCO-IHP representatives and statements from delegates from project countries as well as Switzerland, results were presented for all three case studies. On behalf of WWAP, Francesca Greco presented the Gender Methodology and Sex-Disaggregated indicators  used in all case studies and the GGRETA Project. 

Day 2 of the meeting mainly served as preparation for the second phase of the GGRETA project. After a plenary session in which the main objectives for GGRETA Phase 2 were presented, working groups for each case study were formed to discuss integrated assessment findings and recommendations for phase two in parallel sessions. In the final plenary session that followed, rapporteurs presented reactions and recommendations from case study working groups leading up to a final general discussion.You can find here the presentation on gender from WWAP. “The GGRETA Project is responding to the pressing need to increase our knowledge of the physical and socioeconomic characteristics of transboundary aquifers. PHASE I of the GGRETA project involved case studies of three aquifers from different world regions. Case studies were carried out on the  Stampriet Aquifer (Botswana, Namibia and South Africa ), on the Trifinio Aquifer (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala), and on the Pretashkent Aquifer (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan).Local experts, based in the countries of operation, made enquiries regarding: 

Hydro-geological data; 

The socio-economic aspects of the aquifer; and 

The legal framework governing the aquifer. 

PHASE I of the project effectively integrated GIS mapping tools, placed a strong emphasis on diplomacy and practiced an innovative gender-sensitive approach.’