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National workshop on frameworks for transboundary water cooperation: Focus on the UNECE Water Convention

National workshop on frameworks for transboundary water cooperation: Focus on the UNECE Water Convention

10 March 2015
Amman Jordan

The workshop, which gathered about 35 participants from different ministries, donors, international organizations, research institutes and NGOs introduced different legal frameworks for transboundary water cooperation and detailed the obligations of the UNECE Water Convention and the benefits of becoming a Party, combined with examples of its implementation on the ground.

It was decided that an inter-ministerial committee would explore in depth the relevance of acceding to the UNECE Water Convention in the specific Jordanian context after the workshop, as a basis for a national decision on whether to join the Convention.

The workshop was co-organized by UNECE, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation of Jordan, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med), with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Press release: Jordan initiates study of the UNECE Water Convention


Documents ENG ARA
Information notice PDF  
Agenda PDF  
List of Participants PDF  
Report PDF  
Background documents    
Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
as amended, along with decision VI/3 clarifying the accession procedure
Guide to Implementing the Water Convention PDF PDF
Brochure "The Global Opening of the 1992 UNECE Water Convention" PDF


Transboundary water cooperation management in Jordan and neighbouring countries
Mr. Ali A. Hayajneh, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Jordan

Recent development in international water law: two global legal agreements for transboundary water cooperation
Mr. Alistair Rieu Clarke, Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee
Why to be a Party to both water conventions?
Mr. Massimo Cozzone, Ministry of the Environment Land and Sea, Italy
Fostering cooperation on transboundary aquifer resources: 2008 draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers and Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
Ms. Marguerite de Chaisemartin, UNESCO-IHP
Strengthening transboundary water cooperation on the ground under the UNECE Water Convention
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE
The UNECE Water Convention supporting cooperation in the Drin River Basin
Ms. Anthi Brouma, GWP-Med
The Albufeira Convention: cooperation between Spain and Portugal for the management of transboundary waters
Ms. Pilar Garcia Doñoro, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain
Concretely addressing water challenges in transboundary basins: adaptating to climate change in transboundary basin
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, UNECE
Main obligations under UNECE Water Convention: an overview
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, UNECE