Marseille, 14 March 2012. The IUCN Environmental Law Centre was actively involved in the preparation process of the 6th World Water Forum as coordinator of the Target and Solutions Group (TSG) 1.5.1: Increase the political acceptance and implementation of the principles of existing international, regional and local water law in the international community. The aforementioned TSG was part of the Priority for Action 1.5: Contribute to Cooperation and Peace through Water.
During the meeting, the representatives of the Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Sénégal and of the Permanent Binational Commission Costa Rica - Panama presented their cooperative experience and highlighted the peculiar features of their organizations, reflecting that cooperation and benefit sharing are essential for the sustainable development of transboundary river basins.
The event also featured contributions from Dr. Inga Jacobs (South African Water research commission), Prof. Stefano Burchi (International Association for Water Law - AIDA) and Dr. Alejandro Iza (Head of the IUCN Environmental Law Programme). They all concurred that cooperation needs to be supported by an appropriate normative framework, active institutions, adaptive strategies and sufficient funds. In addition, due to the multiplicity of authorities and administrative levels involved, institutional coordination and operational coherence are also fundamental for improving the development and management of transboundary basins.