Water systems crossing national boundaries make riparian countries of a basin linked in a complex network of environmental, political, economic and significantly security interdependencies. Water insecurity is emerging as a massive challenge for the global community and governments of shared basins where each riparian state has its own agenda filled with ambition, preferences, challenges, and threats. Transboundary water cooperation as one of the primary pillars for achieving sustainable national, international and regional water security, acts as capacity building measures to boost political, social and economic cohesion by providing peace and development. Notably, the complexity of interactions among population, geographic, and uncertain climatic conditions for transboundary cooperation over shared waters is mirrored by the complexity of governance arrangements.
In order to collectively develop a better understanding of the current water governance challenges, and how it may be enriched in practice, this session provides the opportunity for participants to share, explore and test their ideas, knowledge, and experiences, reveal new insights and address concerted actions in governing water resources towards a water secure world under the shadow of climate change and future uncertainties.
Keywords: Transboundary management, Basin-wide water security, Benefit-sharing, Governance, Cooperative decision-making