The sustainable management of transboundary aquifers requires sound scientific knowledge of the aquifer but also an understanding of the needs of every person having a stake in the aquifer: society, industry, agriculture, NGOs. Since the beginning of MiRTAP (Milk River Transboundary Aquifer Project), the different communities on each side of the border have been involved, first in the generation of knowledge, and more recently in drafting a plan for the joint management of the aquifer.
The ISARM-Americas group is about to complete The Strategy of the American Transboundary Aquifer Systems (SATAS), a regional strategy for the management of the TAS in the American hemisphere. The regional strategy will be published as a fourth book in 2012 with a synthesis of the existing knowledge of the 74 TAS. This case summarizes the activities towards the preparation of the SATAS book.
During the last decade, with increase of general awareness about the importance of groundwater, an issue of Transboundary Aquifers (TBAs) has also started to receive more attention from international community. In meantime, various TBA inventories and assessments have been conducted worldwide, producing valuable information and knowledge about this complex issue.
Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters: a comprehensive overview of the status of transboundary waters in the UNECE region
The Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters is the most comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the status of transboundary waters in the European and Asian parts of the UNECE region and identifies joint priorities and challenges.
It has been prepared upon request by the Sixth “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference as an input for the Seventh Ministerial Conference in Astana in September 2011. It has been carried out under the auspices of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention).
Case study on the KPI project (Key Performance Indicators): Development of IWRM Performance Indicators for African Transboundary Basins management
Performance indicators can play a significant role in improving water management tools and water governance.
This project is precisely aimed at developing and adapting performance indicators for the management of African transboundary waters.