Official Reports (2020)

These are links to official reports we have found

2020

Towards sustainable renewable energy investment and deployment: Trade-offs and opportunities with water resources and the environment

-UNECE – 2020

There is an increasing recognition that energy-related objectives can be achieved more effectively through integrated and consultative planning, in synergy with environmental and other sectoral objectives, notably those of the water and agricultural sectors.

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Monitoring the quantity of water flowing through the Upper Mekong basin under natural (unimpeded) conditions

-PACTWORLD-2020

This study developed a reliable and simple model that predicts the natural flow of the Upper Mekong, then used this prediction to determine how the cascade of dams built on the Upper Mekong is altering the natural flow of the river

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One-Water Hydrologic Flow Model: A MODFLOW based conjunctive-use simulation software

U.S. Geological Survey – 2020

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Modular Ground-Water Flow Model (MODFLOW-2005) is a computer program that simulates groundwater flow by using finite differences.

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Rio Grande Transboundary Integrated Hydrologic Model and Water-Availability Analysis, New Mexico and Texas, United States, and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico

-USGS -2020

Hanson, R.T., Ritchie, A.B., Boyce, S.E., Galanter, A.E., Ferguson, I.A., Flint, L.E., Flint, A., and Henson, W.R., 2020, Rio Grande transboundary integrated hydrologic model and water-availability analysis, New Mexico and Texas, United States, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico

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The Rainy River: A recovering river nowin need of protection

-Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – 2020

The MPCA studied pollutant levels and aquatic life of
the Rainy River from its origin at International Falls/
Ft. Frances to Lake of the Woods. While the agency
has studied the smaller Minnesota watersheds that
drain to the Rainy River, this is Minnesota’s first
comprehensive look at the entire 86 miles of the river
as a whole on the U.S. side.

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Wolrd Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change

-United Nations – (2020)

Transboundary water management can be politically difficult. This points to the need to find a politically salient entry point around which to build cooperation. In some cases, climate change itself can be the factor that opens up the opportunity for cooperation.

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El Agua en el Valle de Mexicali, Baja California: Origen, uso y destino

-Instituto Mexicano de Tecnologia del Agua – 2020

La sobreconcesión y la reducción en el caudal del río Colorado ha originado condiciones de escasez de agua en la región del valle de Mexicali, por lo que es necesario explorar estrategias que garanticen la sostenibilidad en el uso del agua…

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10 publicaciones que contribuyen a mejorar la gestión del agua en Latinoamérica

-IAGUA – (2020)


Latinoamérica presenta una amplia variabilidad climática, geográfica y social. Por ello, es necesario hablar de la gestión del agua como un área de trabajo con diferentes perspectivas a abordar y varios lugares comunes en relación con el recurso. Así, el tratamiento de las aguas residuales y la presión de las áreas urbanas sobre la disponibilidad de agua se alzan como los principales retos de la región, que además se enfrenta a las peores consecuencias de la crisis climática.

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South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) : Annual Report for July 2019 – June 2020

THE World Bank – 2020

The South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) promotes a holistic and inclusive approach to transboundary water governance. The Indus, Brahmaputra, and Ganges rivers are fed by glacial melt from the Himalayas and shared by several countries. This annual report summarizes progress, results, and outcomes from July 2019 through June 2020 (FY20). Since SAWI began in 2013, its portfolio has grown to sixty-three activities. In FY20, twenty-two were active…

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SWP Publishes Five Studies to Support Evidence-Based Decision-Making in the Mara River Basin

-USAID,SWP – 2020

As demand for water continues to grow and climate change makes water availability less predictable, water security is an increasing challenge  around the world. While many countries would like to adapt their water management strategies to respond to this challenge, a common hurdle is a lack of reliable data to support evidence-based decision-making. This problem is particularly true of transboundary water resources that are shared by two or more countries.  

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Draft Border 2025 Framework

Environmental Protection Agency-(2020)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Government of Mexico counterpart, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), are announcing the availability of the draft U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program: Border 2025 framework document.

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Transboundary Environmental Stressors on India-Pakistan Relations

-RAND Corporation -2020

This report addresses an important, yet sometimes overlooked, potential flashpoint between India and Pakistan: the ongoing discourse by governments, news media, and citizens over transboundary water resources and air quality between India and Pakistan.

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Reframing the transboundary water discourse: Contextualized international law in practice

Patricia Wouters Sergei Vinogradov

Can international law provide new insights for better understanding transboundary water practice? Follow this study where authors

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Realising the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin

-OKACOM -2020

Cooperation in the CORB has generated a range of economic, social and environmental benefits. It has also generated peace and security benefits for all countries, and more than expected. And there are opportunities to deliver more and better distributed benefits, mostly related to regional economic integration.

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Water Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Supply in Principal Aquifers of the Western United States

-National Water Quality Program 2020

Due to population grows, high-quality drinking-groundwater demands increases in the U.S. If you are interested in this topic don’t miss this report of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project by the USGS.

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Reciprocity in practice: the hydropolitics of equitable and reasonable utilization in the Lancang‑Mekong basin

-Int Environ Agreements-2020

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Water systems underpinning sustainable development

-International Water Management Institute

The year 2019 saw great progress across many of IWMI’s impact pathways and also the launch of our new strategy, which sets us on a path to achieving the vision of ‘a water secure world’. The new IWMI Strategy 2019-2023 is focused on water solutions for sustainable, climate-resilient development.

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Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development

-Water Canada -2020

The results of water quality monitoring conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in July 2020 indicate this year’s prolonged high water levels have resulted in more suspended sediment than usual in the Hay and Slave Rivers.

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Ending Conflicts Over Water Solutions to Water and Security Challenges

Is there a solution for ending conflic over water? In this report, the @WRIAqueduct explored six in-depth case studies and identified strategies to reduce water-related security risks. Read more in this link

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Dams Are Coming Down, but Not Always by Choice: The Geography of Texas Dams, Dam Failures, and Dam Removals

This study examines spatial and temporal trends in Texas dams, dam failures, and dam removals. Dams were examined from a statewide perspective and within 10 major river basins that collectively account for over 80% of all dams in the state

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Groundwater Recharge

-Groundwater Exchange – 2020

Groundwater recharge is an important component of sustainable groundwater management, as increasing the amount of recharge can help improve conditions in over drafted basins. If you are interested in groundwater recharge follow this link

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Gestión comunitaria del agua

-UMAN-2020

En México, el avance en cobertura de agua potable es notorio. Según datos de la Comisión Nacional del Agua, en 2015 las viviendas urbanas con este servicio eran el 97.2%, y el 85% en el ámbito rural. Para 2016, la Encuesta de Hogares de Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía estableció que más de dos millones de hogares no reciben agua y más de ocho millones la reciben de manera intermitente. Este panorama refleja, además de grandes desigualdades y de la enorme brecha que tenemos en cuanto a la garantía del Derecho Humano al agua, la necesidad de pensar en sistemas no convencionales para su suministro a todos los hogares mexicanos.Read More Oct 1, 2020

Enforcing transboundary water obligations through investment treaty arbitration: China, Laos and the Mekong River

Ana Maria Daza‐Clark

The study of the intersection between international investment law and international water law is not new. However, this intersection may be better understood through the analysis of specific case studies, regions and/or economic sectors. This article observes the relationship between China and Laos in connection to the construction of dams in the Lancang/Mekong River. 

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Payments for ecosystem services in transboundary water allocation cases: An approach for China and its neighbours

Tianbao Qin Jin Gu

Payments for ecosystem services (PES) are applied to domestic water quality advancement practices, but can you image that PES can be applied for transboundary water allocation?Read More Nov 19, 2020

River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group – 2020

Interested in transboundary water cooperation? Maybe this book is for you! Learn about transboundary issues, shared water resources, international river basin organizations, and more…

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Transboundary cooperation a potential route to sustainable development in the Indus basin

Adriano Vinca, Simon Parkinson, Keywan Riahi, Edward Byers, Afreen Siddiqi, Abubakr Muhammad, Ansir Ilyas, Nithiyanandam Yogeswaran, Barbara Willaarts, Piotr Magnuszewski, Muhammad Awais, Andrew Rowe & Ned Djilali

With a rapidly growing population of 250 million, the Indus river basin in South Asia is one of the most intensively cultivated regions on Earth, highly water stressed and lacking energy security.

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Integrated transboundary water-climate management tools

Integrated transboundary water-climate management tools – 2021
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