Rivers know no boundaries. They flow and wind their way from country to country without knowledge of whether the citizens of one country are talking to those from another or not. This water flows on regardless. Navigating the murky situation of transboundary waters, therefore, calls for tact, diplomacy and a broad knowledge of the legal instruments that govern such resources.
The River Nile is one such water body, traversing 11 countries. To better understand the intricate details that surround this water resource, the 6th Nile Basin Development Forum includes a webinar stream on Transboundary Water Governance whose overall theme is ‘Economic, institutional, legal and diplomatic mechanisms for cooperative management and development in the Nile Basin: current status and way(s) forward’.
Water Diplomacy is a concept that has got traction in the past decade in several river basins around the world, and the Nile is no exception. What is water diplomacy? One of the possible definitions entails the use of diplomatic instruments to existing and/or emerging disagreements and disputes over shared water resources with the objective to solve and/or mitigate these risks; while at the same time supporting cooperation, regional stability, and peace processes.
Water diplomacy can enable countries and institutions to negotiate agreements on water management and developments. For transboundary agreements over water to work more effectively on the ground, they need the involvement of many actors at multiple levels of governance. So, what is the relevance of the different tracks of Water Diplomacy for the Nile Basin? How can Water Diplomacy assist in cases of intractable negotiation processes, and to find innovative and timely solutions for lingering challenges?
This webinar series comes in line with the third core function of the NBI – Facilitating Basin Cooperation. The webinars aim at promoting a neutral platform for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers to discuss what is the role of economic, institutional, legal and diplomatic mechanisms in Transboundary Water Governance.
The expected outcomes of the three webinars are informed and constructive discussions on how to overcome the current standstill situation in the Nile Basin, and the possible pathways towards a sustainable basin-wide legal and political framework.
The webinars are organised as part of the 6th Nile Basin Development Forum, under the overarching theme: Rethinking Regional Investments in the Nile Basin: Water | Energy | Food | Environment| Climate Change.
Register now at https://www.eventleaf.com/nbdf to participate and to find out about other upcoming webinars under the following themes:
Theme 1: Water Resources Management
Theme 2: Water-Food-Energy Security Nexus
Theme 3: Environment
Theme 4: Water and Climate
Theme 5: Transboundary Water Governance