With nearly 90 per cent of the world’s population living in countries where freshwater resources cross borders, the peaceful cooperation and sustainable use of shared waters are critically important. In Africa alone there are 64 shared river/lake basins. These basins are important hubs for economic development and regional integration. By focusing on transboundary waters, GRID-Arendal not only seeks to provide innovative communication tools and products that enable the sustainable use and development of such shared resources.
But also to:
Develop local expertise in various areas of environmental assessments, including web-based mapping and data management, remote sensing, disaster risk assessments, green economy approaches, and integrated water resources management;
Provide a platform for dialogue on transboundary water issues between governments, civil society, media, youth and other stakeholders;
Provide scientific evidence to enable sound decision and policy-making; and
Demonstrate the social, environmental and economic benefits that accrue to riparian countries through the equitable use of transboundary water resources.
Main Activities in 2016
In 2016 the Transboundary Waters Programme will conduct assessments on one river basin and one lake basin in Africa. These activities will lead to publications on Limpopo River Basin Disaster Risk Atlas and Lake Victoria Basin Atlas of Our Changing Environment. The Programme will also undertake a detailed study on wastewater management and the status of sanitation provision in Africa, with policy briefs and factsheets as some of the expected outputs in 2016.