Launch of BRIDGE publications for World Water Week

28 August 2013 | News story
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IUCN and BRIDGE has launched a series of publications in conjunction with World Water Week and in line with the 2013 UN designed International Year of Water Cooperation.

The BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance) Project aims to build water governance capacities through learning, demonstration, leadership, and consensus-building, in particular in transboundary river basins.

To support several seminars and side events that IUCN is hosting, BRIDGE has published a newly designed BRIDGE brochure outlining BRIDGE’s approach to water diplomacy and cooperation. The brochure goes further to outline how water diplomacy is implemented on the ground, citing examples from BRIDGE basins in the regions from South America, Mesoamerica, and Southeast Asia.

Also launched at Stockholm is a series of case studies from BRIDGE basins. The first three basins studied, the Lake Titicaca basin shared between Bolivia and Peru, the 3S basin shared among Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam, and the Goascorán basin shared between El Salvador and Honduras, will be on display at World Water Week and are available online. The case studies take an in-depth view of BRIDGE activities focusing specifically on intervention results and lessons learned in each basin.

BRIDGE has also launched a series of briefings focusing on specific issues relating to water management, cooperation, and water governance in transboundary basins. The Treaties and other Types of Agreement briefing focuses on how agreements in transboundary basins can encourage efficient use and management of water resources. Another briefing takes a look at how Water Diplomacy differs from conventional diplomacy and offers recommendations on how to implement it on the ground. For example water diplomacy needs agreements at multiple levels and requires a step-wise approach facilitated by meaningful joint action among stakeholders. Finally, Transboundary Water Institutions takes a look at the many types of institutions that can exist in transboundary basins. They also look at how institutions build resilience to shocks through taking an ecosystems approach incorporating flexibility, public participation, and multi-layered governance structures, among other key recommendations.

We have also launched a new infographic to accompany BRIDGE publications, illustrating BRIDGE’s strategic process for implementing water diplomacy and building water governance capacity in transboundary basins. The graphic shows how BRIDGE:

  • utilises demonstration to make cooperation operational in a basin through joint action,
  • facilitates learning through training and capacity building for multiple stakeholders, across multiple scales incorporating international water law and benefit sharing to improve understanding,
  • fosters dialogue for consensus building through demonstration actions and learning events to catalyse new approaches to cooperation,
  • implements leadership programmes to support the empowering of champions for transboundary water cooperation and better water governance,
  • provides advice and support inlcuding providing on-demand technical assistance to governments and stakeholders on water governance.

As part of WANI, we have also launched a briefing on environmental flows, or eflows, that looks at water allocation and trade-offs.

For more information on BRIDGE, please contact patrick.macquarrie@iucn.org.


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