International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks

The objective of this project is to strengthen international cooperation and enhance the development of regional international waters (IW) governance frameworks with a view towards increasing the social, economic and environmental benefits of GEF International Waters projects globally. Through adaptive management decision-making methodologies and collaboration with local experts and practitioners, the project will develop, promote and deliver innovative and targeted experiential learning tools for transboundary water governance. A central output of the project is the development and delivery of management tools by local experts to enhance livelihoods and ensure continous replication.

Currently some 2.4 billion people throughout the world do not have access to adequate sanitation. As a result, an estimated 2.3 billion people suffer from water borne diseases. Eighty percent of illnesses are transmitted by contaminated water, yet ninety percent of the wastewater discharged to waterways in developing countries goes untreated.

In response to the emerging global crisis in water scarcity and diminution in water quality, there has been a global water agenda since at least the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, which famously acknowledged the importance of protecting and improving the human environment. Combinations of governments, experts and nongovernmental organizations have joined to raise international attention and priority to the issues and to commit themselves to addressing the most acute problems. This has resulted in various ministerial declarations proclaiming water as a “security” issue while acknowledging that water scarcity contributes to poverty and water supply to its reduction.

Portfolio Learning/Policy


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General information
GEF ID 3340
Project type Medium-Size Project
Status closed (Project Completion)
Start Date 23 Apr 2008
End Date 01 Jul 2011
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 950,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 2,157,800
YES - See results data (3340)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Richard Paisley Project Director
Susan Bazilli Project Manager
Glen Hearns Research Director
Andrew Hudson Head of Water & Ocean Governance