Water management

  • Scheldt River collection

    The Scheldt is a transboundary river which originates in North-Western France and runs through Western Belgium and the South-West of the Netherlands. The Scheldt Estuary is shared between Belgium and the Netherlands. The Dutch section of the estuary is called the Western Scheldt, and is of vital importance as navigation channel to the port of […]

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  • UPEACE Seminar on International Water Conflicts

    UPEACE Seminar on International Water Conflicts

    November 26, 2014

    On December 4, the City of The Hague and the recently founded Water Diplomacy Consortium (WDC) will organize a seminar on International Water Conflicts. The WDC offers advisory services to governments and public entities at all levels, training and capacity building, knowledge exchange, advice on conflict resolution methods, direct assistance as an honest broker in conflict resolution and on post-conflict peacebuilding in and through the water sector, research, publications and the organization of conferences. The seminar will take place in the Peace Palace on December 4 at 16.00 hrs.

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  • International Water Law: Recent Developments

    International Water Law: Recent Developments

    September 12, 2014

    International water law is on the move. It is evolving with increasing importance despite its relative youth as a subject of public international law. The entry into force of the 1997 Watercourses Convention and the recent amendment of the 1992 Water Convention to open it up to non-UNECE States have given a boost to this field of international law. It is important and encouraging to see that the recently established universal norms have been nurturing each other and have inspired new agreements on individual river basins and aquifers. Further cooperation is still needed, however. International law is a recognized means for supporting and developing this.

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  • Multi Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the Post-2015 Agenda, Thursday 21 March 2013, Peace Palace, The Hague

    Multi Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the Post-2015 Agenda, Thursday 21 March 2013, Peace Palace, The Hague

    March 21, 2013

    This year’s World Water Day provides scope for discussing the post-2015 MDG development agenda. In this context, an interactive inspirational leadership event called ‘Wings for Water’ will take place today, 21 March 2013. The focus of the event will be a multi-stakeholder dialogue on water in the future global sustainable development framework and the role of actors from civil society and the business community. They will enter in dialogue with key national, international and (inter) governmental and political representatives.

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  • Okavango Delta

    40 Years of the Ramsar Convention : Appraisal and Outlook

    April 20, 2012

    On 2 February 1971, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted. The original Contracting Parties of the Convention were driven by an anxiety that migratory waterbirds were in increasing danger because of loss of their habitats. And yet in their wisdom they created a convention focused on wetland ecosystems rather than just wetland birds.

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  • Water - Research Guide International Law

    Water

    The Law of International Watercourses is evolving with increasing importance despite its relative youth as a subject of public international law and the fact that much of the law is emerging but not as yet well established law. From times of Antiquity, when early civilizations settled along the great rivers of the world, water has played an important role in economic and social development. Apart from domestic consumption, navigation was the most important use of water, and early doctrine and State practice reflect this. Following the Industrial Revolution, competition over the non-navigational uses of international watercourses spurred the development of international water law.

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  • Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Newly Independent States

    September 28, 2009

    With the emergence of the Newly Independent States (NIS) in the 1990s, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, new borders cut through Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. As a result, many water allocation and pollution problems that were previously national issues within the Soviet Union have become transboundary issues.

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