Transboundary Water Security

More than 250 internationally shared watercourses contribute to the economic, social, and environmental well-being of 70 percent of the world’s population.

Ensuring that the benefits of transboundary water sources are shared equitably among nations is a major challenge for national governments and international law. Competing claims and opposing interests can quickly bring nations into conflict, especially over
fresh water, which is essential, limited, and unevenly distributed. Establishing a multi-purpose dam in an agricultural setting, for example, could lead countries to clash over trade-offs between hydroelectric power and irrigation. Water conflicts interfere with economic and social development and can lead to humanitarian crises.

Our long experience with facilitating and supporting collaboration at all levels puts GWP in an excellent position to foster transboundary cooperation by providing a neutral space for dialogue and negotiation, backed up by knowledge products and project
experience. We already engage with countries on transboundary water management on the River Nile and the Danube, and with other river basins in western and southern Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, and China.

We will build on these partnerships and use our experience to promote cooperation across national borders and at the global level. We will work to strengthen transboundary water management institutions in Africa through our support to the African Network of Basin Organisations (ANBO) under the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)/African Union (AU) framework, in partnership with the European Union (EU). We will share results of successful practices and approaches with other regions and basins. This process will benefit from our experience in capacity building in international water law. We do this through initiatives like the GWP–University of Dundee scholarship programme, which is designed for water management practitioners from our Partner organisations.

Posted: 2014-07-28

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