TWAP Groundwater

Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme
Project Information
Duration: 
2012 - Present
Region(s): 
Wetlands by Chesapeake Bay Program
TWAP Groundwater

The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) is a two year project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which aims at conducting the first global baseline assessment of transboundary water systems. The assessment will be carried out in five components, namely Transboundary Aquifers and SIDS Groundwater Systems, Transboundary River Basins, Transboundary Lake Basins, Large Marine Ecosystems and the Open Ocean.

Together with UNESCO-IHP, IGRAC has been responsible for executing the groundwater component of the project, assessing 199 transboundary aquifers and 43 Small Island Developing States. IGRAC has also taken care of the data and information management of the groundwater component. Other services provided include:

  • Design and development of software specifications for the TWAP Groundwater Information Management System.
  • Co-organising and presenting at regional workshops in South America, Africa (2), Europe and Asia
  • Participation in the cross-cutting working groups on governance and data and information management.

Project Objectives

  1. To undertake a global assessment of transboundary aquifers and SIDS groundwater systems, through a formalized consortium of partners.
  2. To support informed investments by the GEF and other international organizations.
  3. To be sustained through a periodic process in partnership with key institutions aiming at incorporating transboundary  considerations into a regular assessment programme.