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ECOLEX, the Gateway to Environmental Law

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ECOLEX is a comprehensive, internet-based information service on environmental law, including natural resources management. As a single site source of comprehensive information on environmental law, ECOLEX comprises four databases, namely international treaties, national legislation, court decisions and policy and law literature.  It provides bibliographic as well as analytical information (abstracts, key words), and links to the original full texts documents.

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Dialogue on large water infrastructures in West Africa

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In West Africa, the construction of large water infrastructures is top of the agenda and many dams are foreseen for the future.  Within ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States (15 countries, 300 million inhabitants), the role of the Water Resource Coordination Center (WRCC) is to help member states to better manage water resources and to develop sustainable projects that can be useful for the economy of the region.

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The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention): a legal framework to promote cooperation on transboundary surface and groundwaters and strengthen their protection and sustainable use.

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The Water Convention is the only international framework Convention addressing transboundary water management which is currently in force. Adopted in 1992 and into force since 1996, it aims to strengthen measures at the national and transboundary levels, to protect and ensure the quantity and quality of transboundary water resources — both surface waters and groundwaters, with the overarching objective of resources sustainability.

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Development of a Shared Database: World Water Online

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In transboundary river basins, the development of shared, multinational databases that can access, process, and display the various data needed to describe the systems is fundamental. The sharing of data via development of a hydrological information system (HIS) will prove crucial in implementing Integrated Water Resources Management and developing a common plan for managing the water resources.

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Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Transboundary Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers

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In preparation of the 5th World Water Forum held in Istanbul in 2009,  the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and its partners have developed a Handbook on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at basin level. The book gave clear guidelines for each and every step that has to be taken in order to effectively implement a water management taking into account all uses and all users (including the environment) at the most relevant scale: the basin level.

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International Pact for better management of national and transboundary basins

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This pact call for the commitment of governments, international organizations and all actors of the water field (particularly basin organizations) for a better management of national and transboundary basins.

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Case study approach on the management of transboundary cooperation water projects

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This case study approach encourages transboundary basins water stakeholders to review the difficulties and key success factors experienced in the management of their projects and share them with other basins.

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Common large hydraulic infrastructure shared between countries

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Transboundary basins often face issues of large hydraulic infrastructures (large dams, water diversions or transfers). The transboundary impacts of such structures often leads to cooperation deadlocks, if not of open conflicts, between countries within a same basin. However, these structures can also become drivers of regional economic integration and sustainable development, especially for agriculture, energy and transport.

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