Tools to Improve Cooperation and Dialogue in River Basins

Join this seminar to learn about emerging tools for improved cooperation at the basin level. Quantification of benefits from transboundary cooperation under the UNECE Water Convention as well as the framework for managing the collective Water Footprints of all basin stakeholders will be discussed.

Water Footprint Assessment: A Common Language for Dialogue and Cooperation

14:00    Introduction. Ms. Ruth Mathews, WFN, The Netherlands

14:05    Water Footprint Outcomes and Policy Options: A California Case Study. Dr. Peter H. Gleick, Pacific Institute, USA,  and Mr. Julian Fulton, University of California, USA

14:25    Water Prism: A Decision Support Tool for Sustainable Supplies at the Basin Level. Mr. Paul Freedman, LimnoTech, USA

14:35    Water Footprint Assessment Tool: Delving into River Basins. Dr. Ashok Chapagain, WFN, The Netherlands

14:45    Usefulness of WFA in Revisiting Water Allocation in a River Basin: A Case Study from the UK. Dr. Giuseppe Frapporti, Environment Agency, UK

15:05    The Water Footprint Assessment Application in Porce River Basin in Colombia: A Multisectoral Approach to Improve Cooperation at the Basin Level. Mr. Diego Arévalo, Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia, Colombia

15:20    Discussion


15:30    Coffee Break


Identify, Quantify and Communicate the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation

16:00    Introduction to the Session. Mr. John Joyce, SIWI

16:05    Scoping the Work 

  • The Work on Benefits under the Water Convention. Ms. Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE
  • Why do We Need This Work? What Economists Can Offer?  Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Data on Cooperation's Benefits: Why Is It Useful for Donors? Mr. Christian Severin, The Global Environment Facility, USA

16.30    Lessons from the Field - Panel Discussion

  • River Basin Organisation Perspective: The Benefits from and to the River - Establishing successful Cooperation in Central Asia: The case of the Isfara River. Mr. Volker Frobarth, GIZ
  •  Finish-Russian Cooperation: Why to Cooperate as an Upstream Country? Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Finland
  • Benefits from and to a Transboundary River: The Perspective of the Niger River Basin Mr. Collins R.U. Ihekire, Niger Basin Authority

17:00    Towards a Guidance Note on Identifying, Quantifying and Communicating the Benefits of Cooperation. Mr. Roberto Martin Hurtado, Consultant to UNECE

17:10    Discussion

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