From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential

The PCCP (From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential) programme facilitates multi-level and interdisciplinary dialogues in order to foster peace, cooperation and development related to the management of transboundary water resources.

Housed within IHP, PCCP is an associated programme of WWAP and IHP. It addresses situations where water users need support to manage their transboundary water resources in a peaceful and equitable manner. It capitalizes on the desire of the concerned parties to successfully manage their transboundary water resources in order to create a foundation upon which peace and cooperation are consolidated.

The project focuses on the development of tools for the anticipation, prevention and mitigation of water conflicts. Through research and capacity building activities, the programme brings players engaged in transboundary water management together and helps increase the opportunities for cooperation and development.

PCCP gives priority to water conflicts which are international in nature and may cause tension or even open conflict between sovereign states. Water disputes at the local or regional (provincial) levels are addressed whenever they can have an impact on international relations and when sovereign states specifically request the technical assistance of PCCP's network of experts.

In addition to UNESCO's regular budget and since 2009, PCCP activities are generously funded by the government of Italy through the Ministry of Environment. The government of Japan (Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transportation) funded PCCP activities from 2000 to 2009. The government of Andorra funded PCCP activities between 2003 and 2006. 

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