Pan-European landscape of cooperation on transboundary waters: main issues and security implications
The Global Institute for Water Security recently hosted a lecture by Dr. Annukka Lipponen, Environmental Affairs Officer for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Lipponen’s lecture focused on recent transboundary assessments performed by the UNECE Water Convention in southeastern Europe and central Asia. This included more than 140 transboundary rivers, 25 transboundary lakes, about 200 transboundary groundwaters and 25 Ramsar Sites or other significant transboundary wetlands. The data was profiled in the context of legal and institutional frameworks across the regions, and examined the role of transboundary cooperation in effective water management.