The project aims to strengthen the coordination and collaboration capacity of African Lake and River Basin Organizations (L/RBOs), Commissions and/or cooperative framework for transboundary groundwater management and their member states towards improved transboundary water governance in Africa through improved support by the African Network of Basin Organizations (ANBO).
The ANBO project aims to strengthen the coordination and collaboration capacity of African Lake and River Basin Organizations and Commissions and cooperative frameworks for transboundary groundwater management, and their member states towards improved transboundary water governance in Africa. The project will achieve this objective through strengthening the capacity of the African Network of Basin Organizations (ANBO).
The project will support the implementation of the ANBO Strategy and Action Plan of 2014. The project has the following two components:
- Strengthening ANBO’s institutional and technical capacity as a technical arm of the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW);
- Supporting the capacity building of Lake/ River basin organizations, Groundwater Commissions and RECs to foster transboundary cooperation.
The project foresees the following outcomes:
- Institutional capacity of ANBO strengthened to deliver on its statutory mandates;
- ANBOs technical, knowledge and information management capacity strengthened to serve as technical arm of AMCOW focusing on transboundary water resources management, including groundwater;
- ANBOs capacity as a clearing house for AMCOW information related to climate change vulnerability analyses and adaptation strategies of African transboundary basins strengthened;
- ANBO communication, monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management capacity strengthened;
- Information and data management capacity of L/RBOs and Groundwater Commissions strengthened;
- RECs capacity to foster international as well as multi-sectoral cooperation among their member states to manage transboundary waters including groundwater strengthened;
- Financing/Resource mobilization capacity of L/RBOs and Groundwater Commissions strengthened.
UNESCO-IHP’s role in this project
UNESCO-IHP has an extensive track record in transboundary water management and cooperation, through data collection, assessment, hydrodiplomacy, conflict resolution dedicated capacity-building and research programmes on transboundary surface and groundwater resources (e.g. ISARM and PCCP programmes). Based on its expertise and leading role for transboundary water cooperation, UNESCO-IHP will develop International water law trainings for RECs and L/RBOs representatives (around 20 participants). This will be undertaken both at the regional scale, in view of RECs capacity building, and at the river basin scale, for the selected L/RBOs. The main components of these trainings are:
- Providing evidences of transboundary water cooperation benefits, particularly regarding regional economic development and peace building, with a focus on lessons learned and best practices to foster effective coordination.
- Raising awareness based on a better understanding of the main international water law instruments: 97 UN Watercourses and 92 UNECE Conventions, the Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary aquifers and UNECE Model Provisions on Transboundary groundwaters. Key principles, and elements for Conventions adoption and implementation as well as needs for data collection, monitoring and reporting will be highlighted.
- A review of the main characteristics and interlinkages between, domestic, regional, and international water regulatory frameworks. Aspects regarding groundwater management and the conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water will be especially highlighted.