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International Network Of Basin Organizations topic 3.1: “Basin Management and Transboundary Cooperation”. Rapporteur: Peter van Niekerk (South Africa)

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1 International Network Of Basin Organizations topic 3.1: “Basin Management and Transboundary Cooperation”. Rapporteur: Peter van Niekerk (South Africa)

2 International Network Of Basin Organizations How can Stakeholders be involved in basin management and Transboundary water cooperation? Advantages of engaging stakeholders in Basin Management Advantages of engaging stakeholders in Basin Management Create sense of ownership and responsibility. Raise awareness and involvement in Water Master Plan (De Grandmaison, Landry).Create sense of ownership and responsibility. Raise awareness and involvement in Water Master Plan (De Grandmaison, Landry). Provide more information to the decision-makers.Provide more information to the decision-makers. Monitor Government policiesMonitor Government policies

3 International Network Of Basin Organizations Institutions Institutions A distinction should be made between national and transboundary (TB) institutions.A distinction should be made between national and transboundary (TB) institutions. Basin institutions (national) must have clearly defined roles, good communication systems (Amron), balanced representation from civil society, government and local authorities (De Grandmaison).Basin institutions (national) must have clearly defined roles, good communication systems (Amron), balanced representation from civil society, government and local authorities (De Grandmaison). Cases (e.g. Martinique) where these are advisory, but also others with statutory bases (e.g. Quibec) were presentedCases (e.g. Martinique) where these are advisory, but also others with statutory bases (e.g. Quibec) were presented

4 International Network Of Basin Organizations Institutions (cont’d) Institutions (cont’d) Basin institutions should be well run and instil confidence in societyBasin institutions should be well run and instil confidence in society The boundaries of the “basin” should not always be hydrological but also consider economic and other interests. The example of the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, vis-à-vis the Incomati Basin was quoted (Muller).The boundaries of the “basin” should not always be hydrological but also consider economic and other interests. The example of the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, vis-à-vis the Incomati Basin was quoted (Muller). TB Institutions require most of the above characteristics but with the exception of (direct) representation of civil societyTB Institutions require most of the above characteristics but with the exception of (direct) representation of civil society “Governments are better placed to look after their citizens’ interests” (Muller) “Governments are better placed to look after their citizens’ interests” (Muller) Example of engaging the youth; “Blue Ambassadors” in Martinique with tasks to do surveys and extract information that feeds back to basin institutions.Example of engaging the youth; “Blue Ambassadors” in Martinique with tasks to do surveys and extract information that feeds back to basin institutions.

5 International Network Of Basin Organizations Process Process Stakeholder pressurise can move governments towards basin management e.g. Togo-Benin (Alé)Stakeholder pressurise can move governments towards basin management e.g. Togo-Benin (Alé) External assistance sometimes catalyst (UNESCO)External assistance sometimes catalyst (UNESCO) Stakeholder representation should be appropriate to the level of the institution (Sokolov).Stakeholder representation should be appropriate to the level of the institution (Sokolov).

6 International Network Of Basin Organizations Challenges Challenges Stakeholders must have a clear interest in participating; it could be financial (Brilly), recreations such as fishing, or even cultural/spiritual, e.g. Yellow River (Hongqi)Stakeholders must have a clear interest in participating; it could be financial (Brilly), recreations such as fishing, or even cultural/spiritual, e.g. Yellow River (Hongqi) Stakeholders, officials and politicians alike need capacitating/educating; e.g. lack of hydrodiplomatic knowledge. Information systems and modelling to communicate complex relationships are important tools to overcome these constraintsStakeholders, officials and politicians alike need capacitating/educating; e.g. lack of hydrodiplomatic knowledge. Information systems and modelling to communicate complex relationships are important tools to overcome these constraints Still (some) lack of political will to bring in civil society?Still (some) lack of political will to bring in civil society?


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