“Work Programme 2007/2009”
JP Working Group on
Shared Water Resources Management
The Inception Meeting of the Joint Process Working Group on Shared Water Resources
Management, 17 January 2007, Athens, elaborated among other issues on development
and sharing of information on transboundary water resources management, noting that:
“There is already a wealth of information produced by a variety of partners. However,
considerable gaps exist when we get at the watershed level. Developing such
information is costly. The WG should not produce new information but focus on mapping
the institutions that work in the field of shared water resources management and on
gathering information on the relevant materials that have already been developed e.g.
methodologies, assessments, inventories, training material and tools etc. Each of the WG
members should provide relevant information. A questionnaire will be prepared and sent
to the members.
EMWIS mechanism can further assist for the collection of information e.g. on institutional
frameworks for shared water resources management in the countries of the
Mediterranean, etc. The WISE system, the INBO work on the EU WFD, etc can also
provide background particularly for the EU side.”
It was deemed appropriate that two quesionnaires would be drafted to facilitate the
works of the WG. The first one (Questionnaire I) responds to the above objective
concluded at the Inception Meeting.
The second one (Questionnaire II) aims to expand the existing inventories for
Southeastern Europe (see www.watersee.net), developed within the Petersberg Phase II
/ Athens Declaration Process, to North Africa and East Mediterranean shared water
bodies. It is recognised that Questionnaire II needs in depth elaboration. However,
members would like to contribute to that.
You are kindly requested to contribute to this work providing available information,
based on the attached questionnaries. Please provide feedback contacting the GWP-Med
Secretariat in: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med)
12, Kyrristou str.
10556 Athens, Greece
T: +30210-3247490, -3247267
BASIC MAPPING OF ACTORS AND MATERIAL
ON SHARED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Please provide your personal information.
Fill the applicable in each case field(s) where applicable.
Use one sheet per case.
Information provided bellow is about a:
(choose from: Capacity Building Material, Training tool, Guidelines, Methodology,
Inventory, Study, Report, Webpage, Web-based Database, Web-based GIS,
Institution/Organization, Agreement, Protocol, Memorandum of Understanding etc.)
If other from the list above, please specify:
Title / Name:
about the content
and/or aim and/or
(involved e.g. in the
preparation of the
(please provide the
webpage or contact
details of the person
that can provide
Other (provide other
information that you
You are kindly requested to attach material that is not accessible through the
MAPPING OF A SHARED WATER BODY
Please provide your personal information.
0. NAME OF THE SHARED WATER BODY
1. GENERAL INFORMATION
Provide information on (i) geographical boundaries, (ii) size and (iii) connection with
other water bodies
1.2. Major physical characteristics
Provide key information on (i) topography, (ii) geology, (iii) climate and (iv) land types
1.3. Major socio-economic characteristics
Provide basic information on (i) urban / rural areas, (ii) population, (iii) major economic
activities and (iv) cultural background
2. WATER RESOURCES
Provide information on (i) surface water, (ii) groundwater, (iii) water quality, (iv)
variation in time and space, (v) extreme events, (vi) trends though time, etc.
2.2. Human impacts on water resources
Provide information on (i) surface cover / non-point sources, (ii) pollutants /point
sources (iii) dams and diversions, (iv) agriculture / aquaculture, etc.
2.3. Data and information on water resources
Provide information on major assessments for the area and on existence of monitoring
programmes. Eventually, provide expert judgment on monitoring systems status
(adequacy, accuracy, reliability , consistency, deficiencies).
3. USES, NEEDS and DEMANDS
Identify existing uses, needs and demands as relates to water (i) for people, (ii) for food,
(iii) for nature / ecosystems, (iv) for industry, (v) for energy, (vi) for other uses.
4. MANAGEMENT SETTING
4.1. International agreements / conventions and national legislation
List and provide information on existing formal international agreements / conventions
as well as on national legislation, including participating / enforcement institutes,
principal focus themes (eg. water supply, pollution, environmental protection,
navigation, hydropower, industrial uses, flood control, fishing, etc), key regulatory
provisions ((including allocation and rights), management provisions and foreseen
revision processes (if they exist). Provide similar information on informal agreements.
Eventually, provide expert judgment on their enforcement and compliance.
4.2. Institutions / Planning and decision making processes distribution of responsibilities
Provide information on established or foreseen institutional arrangements, planning and
decision making processes; indicate whether there is a master plan in place. Eventually,
provide expert judgement on the level of efficiency of the existing arrangements.
Provide information on financial resources mobilized for running the management system
(if exists), including domestic capital, multilateral and donor aid, private capital, private-
public partnership. Eventually, provide expert judgement on (i) level of area’s integration
into current investment policies and priorities –at all levels- and (ii) the scale of funding
that would be required for a proper functioning of a management scheme (based on
related assessments, if they exist) and actions of immediate priority.
4.4. Past and present major projects (including listing of donors’ interest)
List and provide information on major past and current project, including title, main
themes tackled, major achievements, major obstacles, financial resources, lead
organisation, key partners.
4.5. Stakeholders’ Participation
List and provide information on the type and role of stakeholders (local, national and
international) with substantial involvement in the area’s management as well as the
mechanisms for their participation (established or planned). Eventually, provide expert
judgment on stakeholders’ capacities and level of actual participation, suitability and
application of existing mechanisms.
4.6. Awareness / Communication
Assess the level of awareness about the need for management in the area under
consideration by the local population and authorities, the national authorities and the
international community. Provide information on past and current major awareness-
raising projects. In case of established institutional and management schemes, provide
information on the existence of a communication strategy and related actions.
5. CONCLUSIONS / RECCOMENDATIONS
5.1. Critical problems and key challenges
Based on the above, prioritise critical problems (i) related to the resource, (ii) associated
to uses, needs and demands, (iii) related to institutional, management, financial
bottlenecks. Identify key challenges for enabling an effective management of the water
body under consideration (eg. shared vision, sustained commitment, institutions,
agreements and regulatory framework, broad based partnerships) – link the latter with
facts presented in Chapter 2,3 and 4.
5.2. Main achievements
Prioritise success actions undertaken and achievements accomplished (eg. agreements
ratified, institutions established, monitoring systems in place, management activities
undertaken, public participation enhanced, awareness raised, capacity built) – link the
latter with facts presented in Chapter 4.
5.3. Donor’s interest
Assess the overall ability to mobilize domestic and private capital and ODA for running
the management scheme and priority projects in the area. Recommend important
players to be approached.
5.4. Recommended priority actions
List priority actions (on the short, medium and long term) for progressing with
institutional, regulatory and management requirements. The latter could for example
include specific recommendations on establishment of cooperative processes,
partnerships formation, awareness activities, knowledge sharing and sound programmes
For example programmes of action could entail river regulation, water harvesting and
conservation, watershed management and soil erosion control, wastewater treatment,
pollution control and water quality management, water use efficiency improvement,
irrigated food production, environmental protection, fisheries development, hydropower
generation, transport and navigation development, eco-tourism development, etc.
6. MAIN REFERENCES, BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS, MAPS