The Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Transboundary Basins of ...


Title: The Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Transboundary Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers

Author(s): Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO)


  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Publication Date: 2012

Type of Document : Practical Guides

Category: Transboundary Water Management

Geographic area:

  • Mexico
  • Groënland
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Central America and the Caribbean




This Handbook is aimed at practitioners who are involved in the management and development of transboundary water resources, including the wide range of stakeholders who are interested in the effective and equitable management of transboundary water resources. The Handbook:

offers an overview of the key concepts, fundamental issues and approaches used in state practice relevant to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in a transboundary water resources management context. It deals in successive sections with the concepts of cooperation, governance, information systems, participation, planning and financing;

includes a section on transboundary aquifers, with reference to the guide -Towards joint management of transboundary aquifer systems- (AFD, 2010);

considers the specific challenges related to inland waterways, major water infrastructure, ecosystems and climate change;

highlights the importance of capacity development as a foundation for transboundary cooperation;

provides examples of transboundary IWRM implementation from around the world and offers practical guidance from state practice in this regard.

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