Interactive Online Session: Transboundary Water Agreements

In 2021, GWP and Wuhan International Water Law Academy are co-organising an interactive online series called the "Transboundary freshwater security governance train". The series of online engagements sessions will be conducted in an approach of a ‘train’ stopping at various locations in the world, with focus on topics related to transboundary freshwater security from different parts of the world. At each of the stops, a different topic from the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security will be explored. The first session is on transboundary water agreements, and it takes place on 19 January, stopping in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Please note: Prior to this online session, participants are encouraged to register to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security, and to take a look at Module 3: International Water Law, particularly the introductory lecture for this module.

Transboundary water agreements - regional, multilateral, and bilateral – come in all shapes and sizes and can offer frameworks for the joint management of transboundary water resources. However, serious gaps remain, especially as hydrological conditions around the world are changing due to climate change. Through this interactive panel discussion, the participants are invited to quiz leading experts and practitioners on the topic. Questions will be collected in advance (through the MOOC platform) and also during the 1,5-hour-long session . Panellists will provide brief presentations and then the floor is open to questions in breakout rooms, which offers an opportunity to engage deeply with regional experts.

WHEN: Tuesday 19 January, at 9:00 (London), 10:00 (Stockholm), 12:00 (Nairobi), 16:00 (Bangkok), 17:00 (Beijing)

WHAT: The session will feature speakers with different experiences to share, discussing the following topics:

  • What is a transboundary water agreement and what key legal components should be noted and why are these important?
  • How do transboundary water agreements help states to promote effective transboundary water cooperation?
  • Can transboundary water agreements address changing circumstances and address contemporary water-related challenges?
  • How are transboundary water agreements enforced? What measures for compliance?

HOW: Registration is required, please use this link.

WHO: The confirmed speakers are (additions may still occur):

  • Dr. Yumiko Yasuda (Event moderator), Senior Network & Transboundary Water Cooperation Specialist, GWP

Background: The MOOC on Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security opened in August 2020 by GWP, GEF IW:Learn, and Partners. The aim is to bring together countries that share freshwater resources – giving them the skills to cooperate so that the shared resource is managed sustainably for the benefit of each country’s population. The self-paced MOOC is available on the SDG Academy platform - it is free and open to everyone - but especially designed for professionals who manage and make decisions about transboundary waters. 

Photo: Oiapoque River border between French Guiana and Brazil, by Jagani