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Institutionalizing cooperation among the NWSAS aquifer countries in the spirit of UNGA Res.63/124

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“Hardening” of cooperation among the countries sharing the North-Western Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS) via a tri-lateral institutional arrangement called “Consultation Mechanism”.

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Conducting Consultations on the Basin and the Regional level to reach Consensus on Transboundary Legislative Issues

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International dialogues are required on the 1997 UN convention on International watercourses and the UN GA resolution 63 /124 on the law of transboundary aquifers, a set of regional seminars are suggested where different issues are debated towards consensuses followed by an international intergovernmental conference to agree on necessary modifications which may be needed on the UN Convention.

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SATAS: A regional Strategy for the American Hemisphere

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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.

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Toward a Joint Management of Transboundary Aquifer Systems Methodological Guidebook

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The aim of the present solution is to deepen the knowledge on transboundary aquifer systems, fostering a collaborative, equitable and sustainable management of these resources. It describes existing tools that can help in improving the knowledge and management of these precious resources; this includes technical, legal, organizational and economic tools, as well as training and cooperationtools.

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Cooperation mechanisms for joint assessment of transboundary aquifers: IGRAC’s experience

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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.

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ISARM: facilitating regional processes towards joint management of shared aquifer resources

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The ISARM (International Shared Aquifer Resources Management) initiative is a UNESCO and IAH led multi-agency effort aimed at improving the management of transboundary groundwater resources.  The international dimension of this type of management requires the application of Good Groundwater governance. Since 2002, ISARM has initiated various regional processes in America, Africa and Asia with local stakeholders that have lead to better management of shared aquifer resources or so-called transboundary aquifers (TBAs). ISARM applies an IWRM-based approach and besides hydrogeological and environmental dimensions, it explicitly addresses socio-economic, institutional and legal dimensions. A common approach followed in the various regional processes is to start with joint fact-finding studies improving the knowledge base within the regions. 

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