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Workshop on the UNECE Water Convention: Key aspects and opportunities for Lebanon

Workshop on the UNECE Water Convention: Key aspects and opportunities for Lebanon

04 - 05 February 2015
Beirut Lebanon

More than 50 representatives of ministries and official institutions as well as other stakeholders involved, directly or not, in transboundary water management in Lebanon gathered to discuss the importance of legal frameworks for transboundary water cooperation to promote the sustainable management of transboundary waters.

Key aspects of the different legal frameworks for cooperation on shared waters were discussed at the workshop, in particular the opportunity that the global opening of the Water Convention represents for Lebanon, as well as the possible benefits and added value for Lebanon to accede to it.

The workshop was co-organized by UNECE, the Ministry of Energy and Water of Lebanon and GWP-Med, under the auspices of the Minister of Energy and Water and hosted by the Council of Ministers. Press release: Lebanon to consider joining UNECE Water Convention following Beirut workshop (ENGFR)


Information notice PDF   PDF
Agenda PDF   PDF
Report PDF    
List of Participants 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 PDF -


Presentations ENG
Objectives of the workshop and overview of the programme
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE
Session 1: Transboundary water cooperation in Lebanon:  situation analysis, benefits and challenges  
Hydrodiplomacy efforts and status of cooperation: Applying UN Convention to conflict resolution on transboundary water resources in MENA Region – case study of Lebanon
Dr. Fadi Comair, Ministry of Energy and Water, Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations (MENBO)
The Inventory of shared water resources in Western Asia
Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane, ESCWA
Session 2: International legal instruments for advancing cooperation on shared waters  
Two global water conventions: complementarity between the UNECE Water Convention and the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention
Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee
Fostering cooperation on transboundary aquifer resources: 2008 draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers and Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters
Ms. Raya Marina Stephan, UNESCO
Session 3: Implementing the Water Convention: challenges, success stories and lessons learnt  
How the Water Convention promotes transboundary water cooperation on the ground
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE
Implementing the Water Convention and advantages to become a Party: a country experience
Mr. Serik Akhmetov, Representative from Kazakhstan, Member of the Bureau of the Water Convention
Agreements and river basin organizations to strengthen the management of Transboundary waters: example of the Sava River Basin
Mr. Dejan Komatina, Secretary of the International Sava River Basin Commission
The Water Convention supporting cooperation in the Drin River Basin
Mr. Dimitris Faloustos, GWP-Med
Session 4: Adapting to climate change in Transboundary basins  
Considering the work on adaptation to climate change in managing transboundary water bodies
Prof. Michael Scoullos, Chairman of GWP-Med
Jointly adapting to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Water Convention
Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE
Session 5: Interactive discussion on the obligations and benefits of the Water Convention  
Main obligations under the UNECE Water Convention
Mr. Nicholas Bonvoisin, UNECE