UNESCO-IHP participated at the 7th International Law and Transboundary Freshwaters Workshop (Dundee, 27-30 June 2016)

The Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO), University of Dundee (CWLPS), held its 7th International Law and Transboundary Freshwater Workshop between 27th – 30th June 2016.   The workshop brought together around 30 experts (15 women) from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Workshop participants benefitted from presentations by experts from UNESCO-IHP, Agua Sustentable (Bolivia), IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Negotiation Affairs Department, Palestine, University College Cork, University of Ottawa, UNECE Water Convention Secretariat, Volta Basin Authority, University of Strathclyde, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bolivia as well as academics from CWLPS (Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke and Professor Chris Spray).  Key legal issues covered included the role and relevance of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention and the 1992 UNECE Water Convention, practical insights into the determination of equitable and reasonable utilisation, experience in the procedural requirements for data and information exchange, and practice related to dispute settlement.  

Tales Carvalho Resende (UNESCO-IHP) highlighted that UNESCO-IHP has intensified the study of groundwater resources on a global scale and has devoted particular attention to the development of guidelines and frameworks for the protection and wise use of aquifers around the world. This has led UNESCO-IHP to be directly or indirectly involved in almost all the six existing agreements over transboundary aquifers.