Transboundary water cooperation – experience from the GWP network, by Natalia Alexeeva


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  • The Strategic Goals for GWP over 2014-2019 build off of the last strategic period:

    1) Catalyse change in policies and practice: advancing effective governance, based on comprehensive and mutually supportive policies, institutions, sound partnerships and processes, and information-sharing.

    2) Generate and communicate knowledge: developing partners’ capacity to share knowledge and to foster a dynamic communications culture. We also strive to generate knowledge to improve the understanding of water security related challenges.

    3) Strengthen partnerships: enhancing the viability and effectiveness of GWP’s network by strengthening partnerships and partner organisations to catalyse change, enhance learning, and improve financial sustainability.
  • Our new strategy takes a thematic approach to water security and supports programme implementation in six key areas of development – climate change, transboundary cooperation, food, urbanisation, energy, and ecosystems.

    This approach is designed to integrate water security initiatives with development actions in each of the six thematic areas so that the global development agenda reflects the importance of water security for meeting human development goals.
  • Gender Equity: We actively support the Dublin Principle that women play a central role in providing, managing, and safeguarding water. Our gender strategy supports gender mainstreaming to ensure that the interests and needs of women and men are taken equally into account in water policymaking.

    Youth Engagement: We encourage and support young people and youth organisations to be fully active and engaged in water partnerships and processes. Our youth strategy guides our partnerships with youth organisations and our work with young water professionals and entrepreneurs.

    Both our Gender and Youth Strategies are under development and will help to enhance the roles of our gendder and youth focal points within our network, as well as link our gender-related and youth-related work to our broader strategy and theory for change.
  • Though difficult to read, this diagram shows how all of the aspects of the GWP Strategy fit together.
    Our vision of a water secure world and our mission are in the centre, at the hear of what we do.
    Our strategic goals are our means of achieving this vision and mission
    Gender and Youth are our cross cutting themes
    And our new thematic approach is the outer layer
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  • The challenges of achieving a truly water secure world can only be overcome with the collaboration and support of all agencies working towards the same end. We invite you to join us in achieving this vision.
  • Transboundary water cooperation – experience from the GWP network, by Natalia Alexeeva

    1. 1. Transboundary water cooperation – experience from GWP network 1 Natalia Alexeeva Senior Networking Officer Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus, and Mediterranean Focal point for Transboundary Water Security area
    2. 2. GWP Strategy Towards 2020 GWP Vision: A Water Secure World GWP Mission: To advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. GWP Core Values: Neutrality, inclusiveness, openness, integrity, accountability, respect, gender sensitivity, and solidarity 2
    3. 3. GWP Strategic Goals 1) Catalyse change in policies and practice 2) Generate and communicate knowledge 3) Strengthen partnerships 3
    4. 4. GWP Thematic Approach 4 FoodEcosystems Transboundary Energy Climate Change Urbanisation
    5. 5. Cross Cutting Issues: Gender and Youth 5 Support for gender mainstreaming in water management Support for youth and young water professionals Independent gender and youth strategies under development
    6. 6. 6 Strategic Approach
    7. 7. RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP RWP CWP CWP CWP CWP CWP Technical Committee Secretariat Plus: Special Programmes (WACDEP, Global Dialogue, Deltas etc.) CWP Allies 13 Regional Water Partnerships 76 Country Water Partnerships 2,964 Partners in more than 150 countries
    8. 8. A partnership is not the sum of its parts, it is the product of the parts' interaction.
    9. 9. GWP Strategy says: 9 …Ensuring that the benefits of transboundary water sources are shared equitably among nations is a major challenge for national governments and international law. Competing claims and opposing interests can quickly bring nations into conflict, especially over fresh water, which is essential, limited, and unevenly distributed…Water conflicts interfere with economic and social development and can lead to humanitarian crises. Our long experience with facilitating and supporting collaboration at all levels puts GWP in an excellent position to foster transboundary cooperation by providing a neutral space for dialogue and negotiation, backed up by knowledge products and project experience. We already engage with countries on transboundary water management on the River Nile and the Danube, and with other river basins in western and southern Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, and China.. African Network of Basin Organisations (ANBO) under the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)/African Union (AU) framework, in partnership with the European Union (EU). We will share results of successful practices and approaches with other regions and basins. This process will benefit from our experience in capacity building in international water law. We do this through initiatives like the GWP–University of Dundee scholarship programme, which is designed for water management practitioners from our Partner organisations.
    10. 10. With the main objective to: Develop a Strategic Shared Vision among the competent national authorities and stakeholders for the sustainable management of the Drin basin Drin River Basin Dialogue Initiated on an ad hoc basis already in 2006, and started per se in late 2008, the Drin Dialogue was a rich and coordinated consultation process among the: - water resources management competent Ministries of the five riparians (Albania, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo (under UN SC Resolution 1244) and Montenegro) - the existing joint Commissions/Committees in the sub-basins and all related stakeholders - civil society workshops were carried out in the sub-basins prior to the joint commissions/committees & stakeholders consultations
    11. 11. The Policy and Technical Cooperation Framework is provided, inter alia, by: - The UNECE Water Convention - The European Union Water Framework Directive - The Petersberg Phase II Process / Athens Declaration Process - GEF IW:LEARN - The Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI) - The GEF MedPartnership Financial Support has been provided, inter alia, by: Swedish EPA, German ENV Ministry, GEF, Greek ENV Ministry, and other agencies. GEF is supporting Drin cooperation through a Full Size Programme (2013-2017) Key facilitating partners - UNECE has been the key policy driving force - GWP Med serves as the Drin Core Group Secretariat with technical functions Drin River Basin Dialogue: a Partnership
    12. 12. SITWA The overall objective of SITWA is to strengthen regional cooperation at the political, economic and stakeholder level for sustainable management of transboundary water resources in Africa contributing to peace and security, stability and poverty alleviation, relying on African knowledge. Objective 1: ANBO transformed into a sustainable and influential organization as a pillar under AMCOW: Objective 2: ANBO Program implemented and TA provided through the RECs: EC/GWPO Contribution Agreement (joint management approach) signed in December 2011, 3 Million Euro, over 4 years 12
    13. 13. Some of the key challenges 1. Interplay of different/sometimes competing legal requirements and agendas, or absence of clear binging mechanisms. Solutions: soft law/MOUs, coordination platforms and partnerships (Drin) 2. Lacking priorities/resources. Solutions: donor-driven support push into cooperation (SITWA) 3. Slow process/no immediate results. Solutions: combination with pilot projects and concrete activities (WACDEP) 4. Sometimes extremely politicized! Solutions: looking at less controversial/technical issues, nexus and modelling (BEAM) 5. Need in common understanding/language. Solutions: capacity building (Dundee), dialogues on different levels (LA) 13
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    15. 15. Join Us! Check out the GWP Toolbox! An online repository that brings together resources on how to apply Integrated Water Resources Management: Become a Partner! Applications are open to all organization and institutions that support an integrated approach to managing water resources and there is no fee. Apply online at 15