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transboundary management

2018 AWRA Summer Conference: The Science, Management, and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will hold its 2018 summer conference from 9-11 July in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. This year's topic is The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The program will stimulate conversations on innovative approaches for identifying transboundary groundwater resources and the methods to develop sustainable governance and management agreements.

Abstracts are now being accepted through 28 February on any and all topics dealing with, or related to The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The term 'transboundary' is not limited to 'transnational', but refers to situations when groundwater crosses or underlies two or more political jurisdictions, international or not, so that it must be managed as a transboundary resource. Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are sought and no papers are not required - just the abstract, which is submitted online. Read More...

9th Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate

The Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, including flood and drought management, in accordance with the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.

The ninth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate aims to discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention as well as to discuss future activities in this framework.

International Workshop on Water Scarcity: Taking action in transboundary basins and reducing health impacts

Water scarcity is of growing concern in many parts of the world. Population growth, urbanization, increased demands in irrigated agriculture and inadequate water management are important determinants of water scarcity, accelerated by the effects of climate change which result in an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. Today, already about 2 billion people are living in water stressed areas. By 2025, half of the world’s population is expected to do so.

The workshop aims to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and thereby reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It will review measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities.

UNECE Global Workshop on Water Allocation

Water allocation, which is the allocation over time of water resources between and within different sectors and for different uses, is one of the biggest challenges in water management and protection. Increasing demands on water from different sectors, growing water scarcity and climate variability have led to a rising global interest to the topic of water allocation.

The global workshop on water allocation in transboundary basins will be organized in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 16 and 17 October 2017. It will be followed by the fifth meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (18 October 2017).

4th Arab Water Forum

The series of the tri-annual Arab Water Fora continues to promote a regional platform for engaging Arab Water Council (AWC) members, decision makers, water resources experts, practitioners, and institutions into dialogue on all aspects of water management for growth and sustainable development in the Arab region. The 4th Arab Water Forum will be convened by the AWC under the auspices of the League of Arab States and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt.

SDG 6 Global Indicators - Transboundary Cooperation

This week UNECE and UNESCO will be holding technical webinars on SDG indicator 6.5.2 “Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation.” The webinars will explain the rationale behind indicator 6.5.2 and the methodology for monitoring it, and participants will have the opportunity to pose any questions they may have. They are expected to be particularly useful for the national administrations who are responsible for reporting on indicator 6.5.2.

The webinars are offered as part of the 2017 baseline process of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6. They'll be offered in three languages (see below).

10th General Assembly | International Network of Basin Organizations

The Mexican Government, through the National Water Commission (Conagua), will accommodate the 10th World General Assembly of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), from the 1st to the 4rd of June 2016 in the City of Merida, Yucatan.

The tenth edition of this Assembly will organize its work around major strategic issues to ensure the necessary implementation of programs of adaptation to great global challenges such as population growth, food and energy demand, or adaptation to the effects of climate change, in the basins of local, national and transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, which will be addressed in plenary sessions, roundtables and side events. Read More...


In the context established by the "Blueprint" of the European Commission, this conference will be organized around a preparatory workshop and four roundtables on the news of the practical implementation of the Framework Directive on (WFD) and other European directives on water. We will investigate in particular the means for a better integration of processes and new measures to address the critical issues that are diffuse pollution, hydromorphology, adaptation to climate change, preventing droughts and floods, the need to further mobilize the actors responsible for the implementation of actions on the ground, economic tools and financing of Programs of Measures, etc. Read More...

Climate change adaptation in basins: examples and good practices

This WWF7 Thematic Session (1.3.6) focuses the effects of climate change from a basin-wide perspective. Examples of basins working on climate change adaptation are provided, including work supported by the UNECE Water Convention and INBO, IUCN, and others. It culminates in a collection of lessons learned and good practices in transboundary basin management.

Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 17:00-19:00 (GMT +09:00)
Venue: EXCO (building) – third floor
Room DEC_310 (Room 324)
Daegu, South Korea

Coordinator: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Co-Coordinator: International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), Wageningen University, AGWA