New assessment encourages transboundary cooperation and improvement of the status of shared waters in the pan-European region
The Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters was launched at the Seventh "Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference" in Astana, Kazakhstan on 21 September 2011.
This publication is the most comprehensive overview of the status of transboundary waters in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It has been carried out under the auspices of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention), in close cooperation with water and/or environment administrations of some 50 countries and with involvement of more than 250 experts. The preparation process which involved data collection using datasheets and organization of five sub-regional workshops supported exchange and cooperation between the riparian countries.
The Second Assessment covers more than 140 transboundary rivers, 25 transboundary lakes, about 200 transboundary groundwaters, and 25 Ramsar Sites and other wetlands of transboundary importance. It presents a broad analysis of transboundary water resources, pressure factors, quantity and quality status, and transboundary impacts, as well as management responses and future trends.
The Second Assessment provides relevant information and stimulus for Governments, river basin organizations, international and non- governmental organizations to take action to improve the status of transboundary waters and related ecosystems.