Transboundary Cooperation

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

Through support to River Basin Organisations, Regional Economic Communities, International Legal Instruments (e.g., 1997 UN Water Convention, 1992 UNECE Water Convention) and other cross-border institutions, GWP promotes transboundary cooperation. This support includes:

  • Direct promotion and facilitation of multinational dialogues among riparian countries in shared river basins
  • Capacity building of key institutions through programmes such as the International Water Law Capacity Building Programme implemented in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, as well as support on the transboundary dimension of the SDG 6.5 on IWRM in a Transboundary Context
  • Building on GWP's close partnership with the African Network of Basin Organisations (ANBO) and the individual River Basin Organisations that it represents through, e.g, the Strengthening Institutions for Transboundary Water Management in Africa and Water for growth and poverty reduction in the Mekrou transboundary river basin projects, as well as multi-partner GEF-funded projects such as the Drin Dialogue project in Southeastern Europe and the IW-Learn Project
  • Development of/support to workstreams that respond to critical challenges in matters of transboundary cooperation and water security in specific geographic or geopolitical contexts, such as Migration and Water-related conflicts/insecurity, and management of transboundary deltas

More specific focus areas include:

  • Transboundary waters/river basin management promotion in the context of the 2030 Agenda: showcasing and replicating successful practices and good examples of cooperation or joint activities on the basin/transboundary level (for example in cooperation with UN-WATER TPA), including the promotion of/support to relevant transboundary/international water law (IWL) instruments and showcasing the "Benefits of Cooperation" and implementation of SDG 6.5 on IWRM in a transboundary context.
    • TWM Knowledge/Capacity-building: It is proposed to enrich the offer in capacity building on IWL and TB Agreements, including the inter-linkages of these with the implementation of the related SDGs under the 2030 Agenda, across Latin America, Africa and Asia. To that purpose adapted knowledge/pedagogic material will be developed/updated in cooperation with key partners, including UNDP-CapNet.
    • The Learning Deltas Initiative: In partnership with the Delta Alliance, we are working to enhance the resilience of delta regions and communities threatened by rising sea levels. Countries with densely populated and vulnerable delta regions need knowledge, tools, and policy frameworks to ensure their sustainable governance and management.
  • International Water Law: The primary objective of the capacity building initiative in international water law (IWL) is to facilitate good water governance through strengthening technical and institutional capacities of agencies and individuals that can influence and advise decision-makers on negotiation, adoption, and implementation of legal frameworks for water management. The training is designed to increase knowledge about different approaches and tools related to transboundary water management.