Basin Governance // Governance Structures for Transboundary Water Management in the Jordan Basin
By Elizabeth Yaari, Marian Neal and Zaki Shubber. This report is produced to support EcoPeace Middle East and other users including riparian governments to facilitate discussion among stakeholders as to what type of basin governance structures would be suitable to the Jordan River Basin. This process aims to assist stakeholders in advancing regional cooperation for the adoption of a transboundary governance institution, building on the processes and discussions that contributed to the formulation of the governance interventions included in the Regional NGO Master Plan.
- Some form of governance is necessary to enable and incentivize regional financing opportunities.
- Regional management of water resources can serve as a unifying starting point for building trust and regio- nal cooperation towards conflict resolution.
- Basin governance structures can be established even in areas with ongoing border disputes.
- Governance structures can develop over time in function and scope to meet the evolving needs of their members and stakeholder communities.
- Benefits of regional cooperation should be assessed regularly and repeatedly to account for emerging challenges, new realities and shifting priorities in a basin.
- Intentionally inclusive processes involving a range of stakeholders, ensuring gender equality, and participation of community representatives creates more representative and sustainable outcomes.
- Undertaking a concerted multi-level stakeholder consultation process inclusive of both government and civil society voices in all riparian states.
- Workshop discussions of the proposed Generic Articles of a Jordan River Basin Commission articles with riparian stakeholders.
- Implementation of tailor made training modules to support capacity building on governance, multi-level stakeholder consultation processes and water diplomacy among riparian stakeholders.
- Joint learning tours to the basin case studies discussed in this report to explore governance options in depth.
- Regular and repeated assessment of the benefits of cooperation based on international best practices to account for evolving political, social, economic and environmental challenges in the Jordan basin.
- Elizabeth Yaari, Programme Manager and Gender Focal Point, SIWI
- Dr Marian Neal (Patrick), Programme Manager, Transboundary Water Management, SIWI
- Zaki Shubber, Lecturer in law and water diplomacy, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education