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Fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment

06 December 2019
Salle XI, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

The fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment under the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) took place in Salle XI at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The meeting started at 9.30 a.m. and ended at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 6 December 2019. It was held back-to-back with the Global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins (Geneva, 4 and 5 December 2019).

The main objectives of the fifteenth meeting were be to discuss: 

  • The implementation of activities on monitoring and assessment under the Convention in 2019–2021, notably regional events; the gathering of feedback on the guidelines on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters through reviews and experiences from projects, with a view to their updating; and activities on the ground;
  • Strategic directions for future work on monitoring, assessment and data exchange under the Water Convention, building on the insights, first, from a background paper entitled “Outlook for developing monitoring cooperation and exchange of data and information across borders”, second, from the reporting under the Convention and on Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2 and, third, from the Global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins (Geneva, 4 and 5 December 2019).

In addition, the Working Group discussed information and data needs for sustainable water allocation in transboundary river basins and aquifers to support developing these aspects of the handbook on water allocation in transboundary basins currently under development with guidance from the Expert Group on water allocation.

The following documents were made available before the meeting:

Documents

Documents ENG FRE RUS SPA
Report (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2) PDF PDF PDF  
Item 2 - Adoption of the agenda        
Provisional Agenda (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/1) PDF PDF PDF  
Agenda (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2) PDF PDF PDF  
Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous meeting        
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its eighth session. Addendum: Programme of work for 2019-2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Item 4 - Information from the reporting under the Convention and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.2        
Decision VIII/I on reporting under the Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Informal documents        
Reporting template of the second cycle for reporting (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.3) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Draft guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2 (ECE.MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.4) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Step-by-step monitoring methodology for indicator 6.5.2 (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.5)        
Item 5 - Gathering feedback on the guidelines on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters developed under the Convention        
Outlook for developing monitoring cooperation and exchange of data and information across borders: Background paper to the Global workshop on exchange of data and information and to the fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment under the Water Convention (Geneva, 4-6 December 2019) (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/INF.1)        
Item 6 - Projects on the ground and regional events        
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its eighth session. Addendum: programme of work for 2019-2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Item 7 - Information and data needs for sustainable water allocation        
Concept and outline for the handbook on water allocation in the transboundary context (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.6) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Documents ENG FRE RUS SPA
Report (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2) PDF PDF PDF  
Item 2 - Adoption of the agenda        
Provisional Agenda (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/1) PDF PDF PDF  
Agenda (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/2) PDF PDF PDF  
Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous meeting        
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its eighth session. Addendum: Programme of work for 2019-2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Item 4 - Information from the reporting under the Convention and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.2        
Decision VIII/I on reporting under the Convention (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.2) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Informal documents        
Reporting template of the second cycle for reporting (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.3) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Draft guide to reporting under the Water Convention and as a contribution to Sustainable Development Goal indicator 6.5.2 (ECE.MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.4) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Step-by-step monitoring methodology for indicator 6.5.2 (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.5)        
Item 5 - Gathering feedback on the guidelines on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters developed under the Convention        
Outlook for developing monitoring cooperation and exchange of data and information across borders: Background paper to the Global workshop on exchange of data and information and to the fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment under the Water Convention (Geneva, 4-6 December 2019) (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.2/2019/INF.1)        
Item 6 - Projects on the ground and regional events        
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its eighth session. Addendum: programme of work for 2019-2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Item 7 - Information and data needs for sustainable water allocation        
Concept and outline for the handbook on water allocation in the transboundary context (ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2019/INF.6) PDF PDF PDF PDF

Presentations

Information on monitoring, assessment and information in transboundary basins can be found here.

The presenters have agreed to share the following presentations, discussed during the working group:

Presentations ENG FRE RUS SPA
Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous meeting        
Work on monitoring and assessment under the Water Convention
Ms. Lea Kauppi, Director General, Finnish Environment Institute
PDF      
Item 4 - Information from the reporting under the Convention and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.2        
Update on SDG 6 Monitoring
Mr. William Reidhead, UN Water
PDF      
Information on Reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and under the Water Convention - results and next steps
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
PDF      
Reporting under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 6.5.2 - Hungarian experience
Mr. Peter Kovacs, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
       
GWP SDG 6 - IWRM Support Program
Mr. Hycinth Banseka, Executive Secretary GWP Central Africa
PDF      
Item 5 - Gathering feedback on the guidelines on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters developed under the Convention        
Guidelines on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters, History and Outlook
Mr. Jos Timmerman, Waterframes, The Netherlands
PDF      
Planned and possible future activities on monitoring, assessment information exchange under the Water Convention
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
PDF      
Guiding Transboundary Groundwater Assessment and Monitoring
Mr. Neno Kukuric, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC)
PDF      
Item 6 - Projects on the ground and regional events        
Supporting a Dialogue on Transboundary Cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB)
Mr. Jean Willemin, Senior Project Officer, Geneva Water Hub
PDF      
The GEF Drin Project "Enabling transboundary cooperation and integrated water resources management in the Extended Drin River Basin"
Mr. Ylber Mirta, Head of Department for Waters, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, North Macedonia
PDF      
The Drina River Basin nexus follow-up project implemented under the Water Convention
Ms. Jelena Vicanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/ PI "Vode Srpske"
PDF      
Cooperation on water quality in Central Asia 2008-2019
Mr. Batyr Hajiyev, Environment Division, UNECE
PDF      
Monitoring and assessment activities implemented by IWAC
Ms. Sandugash Abdizhalelova, Kazakhstan, International Water Assessment Centre
PDF      
Item 7 - Information and data needs for sustainable water allocation        
Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in the transboundary context
Mr. Peter Kovacs, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
PDF  

Information on monitoring, assessment and information in transboundary basins can be found here.

The presenters have agreed to share the following presentations, discussed during the working group:

Presentations ENG FRE RUS SPA
Item 3 - Adoption of the report of the previous meeting        
Work on monitoring and assessment under the Water Convention
Ms. Lea Kauppi, Director General, Finnish Environment Institute
PDF      
Item 4 - Information from the reporting under the Convention and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.2        
Update on SDG 6 Monitoring
Mr. William Reidhead, UN Water
PDF      
Information on Reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 and under the Water Convention - results and next steps
Ms. Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, UNECE
PDF      
Reporting under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 6.5.2 - Hungarian experience
Mr. Peter Kovacs, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
       
GWP SDG 6 - IWRM Support Program
Mr. Hycinth Banseka, Executive Secretary GWP Central Africa
PDF      
Item 5 - Gathering feedback on the guidelines on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters developed under the Convention        
Guidelines on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters, History and Outlook
Mr. Jos Timmerman, Waterframes, The Netherlands
PDF      
Planned and possible future activities on monitoring, assessment information exchange under the Water Convention
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
PDF      
Guiding Transboundary Groundwater Assessment and Monitoring
Mr. Neno Kukuric, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC)
PDF      
Item 6 - Projects on the ground and regional events        
Supporting a Dialogue on Transboundary Cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB)
Mr. Jean Willemin, Senior Project Officer, Geneva Water Hub
PDF      
The GEF Drin Project "Enabling transboundary cooperation and integrated water resources management in the Extended Drin River Basin"
Mr. Ylber Mirta, Head of Department for Waters, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, North Macedonia
PDF      
The Drina River Basin nexus follow-up project implemented under the Water Convention
Ms. Jelena Vicanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/ PI "Vode Srpske"
PDF      
Cooperation on water quality in Central Asia 2008-2019
Mr. Batyr Hajiyev, Environment Division, UNECE
PDF      
Monitoring and assessment activities implemented by IWAC
Ms. Sandugash Abdizhalelova, Kazakhstan, International Water Assessment Centre
PDF      
Item 7 - Information and data needs for sustainable water allocation        
Supporting equitable and sustainable water allocation in the transboundary context
Mr. Peter Kovacs, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
PDF