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River and Environment Management Cooperation between theIncomati and Vecht River basin

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Both, in the Incomati river basin as well as in the Vecht river basin, regional water management organizations face an obligation from higher institutional levels to get to a situation of efficient transboundary river basin management. In case of the Incomati the legal obligation is based on a Tripartite Agreement between Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique. In case of the Vecht the obligation is based on the European Water Framework Directive.

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SUSTAINABLE WATER GOVERNANCE IN TRANSBOUNDARY ESTUARINE REGIONS: A FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION

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The creation of a Joint Strategic Vision for the Sustainable Development of the Estuary, hereinafter referred as “Vision”, is the first strategic step for the development of an effective governance model for an estuary. The main goal of this Vision is to propose a direction to increase efforts to ensure a long term solution to the known environmental problems of the estuary and the social and economic development of the region. The vision should be presented within a wide time horizon and to reflect the highest political commitment between the involved countries. 

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Reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change in the transboundary Dniester basin

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The project therefore seeks to contribute to reducing damages and associated security risks due to future flooding events by improving the adaptive capacity of the riparian countries, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. More specifically, the project aims to expand and further strengthen cooperative management in the Dniester river basin to address cross-border management of floods, taking into account both current climate variability and long-term impacts of climate change on flood risks.

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World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS)

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WHYCOS is a global programme, developed in response to (i) the scarcity or absence of accurate and timely accessible data and information in real or near real time on freshwater resources in many parts of the world, particularly the developing countries, caused by the obsolescence of many observing networks and insufficient data management capabilities and (ii) the low level of cooperation and data exchange among countries with shared waterbodies.

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Process of data acquisition and production of information for an efficient management of the Niger Basin water resources

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The main objective of these projects is the creation and the maintenance of a knowledge base on the water resources of the Niger Basin. This involves developing the knowledge base required for sustainable integrated management of water resources of the basin. One of the ultimate outcome is the provision to all users of the basin, of reliable, consistent and constantly updated data on the water surface, including its flow in its spatial and temporal variability. This knowledge base is part of the Environmental Information System (EIS) developed within the Observatory of the Niger Basin.

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Addressing double uncertainty regarding climate change impacts in transboundary basins: the Programme of Pilot Projects on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins

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Water managers in transboundary basins are faced with a double uncertainty: on the one hand, uncertainty regarding the impacts of climate change on water resources and on the other hand, uncertainty regarding the possible adaptation measures implemented by other riparian countries. This brings about the risk that unilateral adaptation measures have negative effects on neighbouring countries such as the construction of dams or flood protection infrastructure. 

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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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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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EU1. Good practices for transboundary water cooperation in Europe

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Short introduction

      – Implementation of the UNECE 1992 “Helsinki” Water Convention on European transboundary rivers,

     – Specificity of the implementation in International Districts of the European Water  Framework Directive.

 

 

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