The Expert Scoping Workshop was the first activity organized to initiate a discussion on the approaches and methods of quantifying the economic, environmental, social and political benefits of transboundary water cooperation, in order to:
- Develop a definition of cooperation in the context of transboundary water management, as the starting point to identify the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
- Identify a typology of benefits
- Discuss existing approaches and methods for the quantification of the typology of benefits identified
- Discuss what characteristics should the Guidance Note have in order to be most useful to the Parties to the Convention and other actors as a tool to promote further transboundary water cooperation develop an approach for identifying and quantifying the benefits of transboundary water cooperation
The Expert Scoping Workshop was organized in the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), with the support of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The meeting took place in the VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies.
Please consult the related press release: UNECE to develop a methodology to quantify the benefits of transboundary water cooperation (11 June 2013).