event 09 dic. 2016

Transboundary Basins // Reconciling Resource Uses in Transboundary Basins: Assessment of the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus

By UNECE. The nexus needs to be tackled in practice across diverse physical and political settings, including in the context of transboundary river basins in which little has been done so far. This report intends to close this gap.

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The present report begins with two chapters on the selected aspects of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus, namely, the application of a nexus approach in a transboundary basin, and governance and the nexus in a transboundary context. The methodology presented in Chapter 3 is the result of reviews undertaken at the second and third meetings of the Task Force (Geneva, 8–9 September 2014 and 28–29 April 2015). It takes into consideration the experiences from the three basins already assessed using the nexus approach: the Alazani/Ganykh River Basin (the pilot basin), shared by Azerbaijan and Georgia; the Sava River Basin, shared by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia; and the Syr Darya River Basin, shared by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The methodology is already applied in the assessment of the Isonzo/Soča River Basin, and it is expected that it will be applied in additional basins as part of the programme of work under the Convention for 2016–2018. The major findings of the basin-level assessments are presented in Chapter 4, followed by summary versions of the three assessments in Chapters 5–7. The full assessment reports are available electronically as reference documents, some of which are to be issued separately, resources permitting. The present report concludes with a number of lessons learned as well as recommendations for follow-up addressed to countries and organizations interested in embarking on a nexus assessment in a transboundary basin. For a full overview of UNECE's nexus assessment activities, check the project page.


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