TRAINING WORKSHOP “FROM PRACTITIONER TO PRACTITIONER: HOW TO USE THE TWO GLOBAL WATER CONVENTIONS TO PROMOTE COOPERATION ON THE GROUND”
The training workshop, which took place in Geneva on 3-4 July, was organized by the Water Convention secretariat as part of Programme area 1: Increasing awareness of and accession to the Convention and application of its principles drawing on the benefits of cooperation of the Convention’s programme of work 2022-2024 led by Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana and Hungary.
The training workshop was to contribute to the enlargement of the community of practitioners who would have a good understanding on the Conventions and could promote accession to Conventions and their implementation.
The workshop’s sessions were organized around the following key issues:
- What are the main principles, substantive and procedural obligations and how to implement them?
- How implementation of the Conventions helps to achieve the SDGs and how does it help address pertinent issues in water management?
- How to make the Conventions operational in the growing number of basins? How to promote them and advance accessions?
The participants in small groups presented and discussed practical instruments provided by the Conventions under various topics of transboundary cooperation, among which are the guidance on development of transboundary agreements, on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, on water allocation in transboundary context, on water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus and benefits of cooperation, and on monitoring and assessment of transboundary aquifers.
The training workshop brought together experts from countries, basin organizations, regional organizations, international organizations, development cooperation agencies and NGOs whose work is closely related to transboundary water cooperation.
Dinara Ziganshina, Vice-Chair of the Implementation Committee under the Water Convention took part in the training workshop as a rapporteur.