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Expert Scoping Workshop on Quantifying the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation

06 - 07 June 2013
Amsterdam Netherlands

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).



Information Notice PDF
Draft agenda of the Workshop PDF
Background document PDF
Extract of the programme of work 2013-2015 of the Water Convention: programme area on quantifying the benefits of transboundary water cooperation PDF
Summary Report (prepared by SIWI) PDF
Notes of the meeting (prepared by the VU University) PDF
List of participants PDF



Session  Title ENG
1 Opening: meeting objectives and agenda

Objectives of the wokshop

John Joyce, SIWI

2 Setting of the Contexts of Transboundary Water Cooperation  

Transboundary water interaction: a fluid concept

Jeroen Warner, Wageningen University


Transnational Water Cooperation in Danube region: status, challenges, benefits

Benedikt Mandl, ICPDR


GEF International Waters focal area: Lessons learned

Christian Severin, GEF


Opportunities and challenges of transboundary water cooperation

Daene McKinney, University of Texas

  Breakout session: Identifying the needs and challenges of policy makers and potential research contribution on quantifying benefits  


Breakout Session A:Policy strands  

Bangladesh: transboundary rivers problems and prospects

Jahid Hossain Jahangir, Joint River Commission, Ministry of  Water Resources


Benefits from the implementation of the UNECE Water Convention – examples
from Estonian-Russian transboundary water management

Harry Liiv, Ministry of the Environment of Estonia


Identifying and Valuing the Benefits: the Experience of Mekong River Basin

Anoulak Kittikhoun, Mekong River Commission


Aral Sea BEAM – A decision support system combining hydrology and economics

Jesper Karup Pedersen, COWI


The main challenges in quantifying benefits

Rob van der Veeren , Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands

  Outcomes from Breakout Session A PDF


Breakout Session B: Research strands  

What typology for quantifying trans-boundary water cooperation benefits?

Jeff Connor, CSIRO, Australia


Gains from trans-boundary water quality management in linked catchment and coastal
socio-ecological systems: a case study for the Minho region

Peter Roebeling, CESAM, Portugal


Water, trade and climate change

Richard Tol, University of Sussex and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Valuing improved regional water security and integration: Insights and lessons from the Murray-Darling
Basin in Australia

Sarah Wheeler, University of South Australia


Exploring the scope for transboundary collaboration in the Blue Nile River Basin

Roy Brouwer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  Outcomes Breakout Session B PDF
4 How do we use the quantification of benefits to facilitate cooperation?  

Benefit sharing: how do we get there?

Ines Dombrowsky, German Development Institute


How can information on benefits support hydrosolidarity?

Pieter van der Zaag, UNESCO-IHE

5 Inputs for  Methodological Guidance Note  

The Guidance Document: towards an annotated outline

Roberto Martin-Hurtado, Consultant to UNECE