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Training workshop “From practitioner to practitioner: how to use the two global Water Conventions to promote cooperation on the ground.”

Training workshop “From practitioner to practitioner: how to use the two global Water Conventions to promote cooperation on the ground.”

03 - 04 July 2023
Geneva Switzerland

The training workshop was organised by the Water Convention secretariat as part of Programme area 1: Increasing awareness of and accession to the Convention and application of its principles drawing on the benefits of cooperation of the Convention’s programme of work 2022-2024 led by Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana and Hungary. It was organized with support of the European Union project “Promoting accession to the Water Convention - Phase II” and with financing from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. 


The training aimed to strengthen the capacities of key water experts involved in transboundary water cooperation and equip them with knowledge and skills required to promote the Conventions and support their effective implementation. The training also aimed to enable the use of the technical and policy guidance developed under the Water Convention (e.g. on legal aspects of cooperation and conclusion of agreements; benefits of cooperation; climate change adaptation; groundwater management; pollution prevention; the water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus approach; etc.) in support of transboundary cooperation in specific basins.  


The training thereby contributed to the enlargement of the community of practitioners who will have a good understanding on the Conventions and can promote accession to Conventions and their implementation. It demonstrated to partner organizations how they could better use the Conventions in support of their efforts to strengthen governance frameworks and support implementation of climate-related commitments and achievement of SDGs and how participation in the Conventions could contribute to sustainability of projects and investments. 


The training workshop brought together experts from countries, basin organizations, regional organizations, international organizations, development cooperation agencies and NGOs whose work is closely related to transboundary water cooperation.


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Links to Related Documents

1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, as amended, along with decision VI/3 clarifying the accession procedure


1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses


Guide to Implementing the 1992 Water Convention


1997 Watercourses Convention: On-line user's guide


Frequently Asked Questions on the 1992 Water Convention


Funding and financing of transboundary water cooperation and basin development


Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context


Practical Guide for the Development of Agreements or Other Arrangements for Transboundary Water Cooperation


Model Provisions on Transboundary Groundwaters


Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis


Policy Guidance Note on the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation: Identification, Assessment and Communication


Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change


Words into Action Guidelines Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation


Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned and Good Practices

Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

Updated Strategies for Monitoring and Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters


44884 _ Programme _ 380703 _ English _ 773 _ 386530 _ pdf


46745 _ Environmental protection and climate change, Maria Apostolova _ 381048 _ English _ 773 _ 387273 _ pdf
46745 _ Peace, conflict prevention and dispute settlement, Mara Tignino _ 381049 _ English _ 773 _ 387274 _ pdf
46745 _ Experience sharing: Promotion of accession / ESCWA, Ziad Khayat _ 381054 _ English _ 773 _ 387279 _ pdf
46745 _ Experience sharing: Implementation plan, Bernadette Araba Adjei _ 381056 _ English _ 773 _ 387281 _ pdf
46745 _ Experience sharing: Twinning, Ndina Nashipili _ 381057 _ English _ 773 _ 387282 _ pdf
46745 _ Interactive Quiz : Questions _ 381059 _ English _ 773 _ 387284 _ pdf
46745 _ Interactive Quiz : Answers _ 381060 _ English _ 773 _ 387285 _ pdf


46747 _ List of Participants _ 381061 _ English _ 773 _ 387286 _ pdf