PS3: Transboundary Water Governance and Benefit Sharing (MWRI)
Transboundary basins, including rivers, lakes and aquifers, shared between two or more countries, are home to more than 70% of the world’s population and supply water for about 60% of global food production. Around 276 river basins cross the political boundaries of two or more countries, and about 40% of the world’s population lives in river and lake basins that cross international borders. Globally, about 2 billion people depend on groundwater, which includes over 300 transboundary aquifer systems.
Cooperation over shared water resources is essential for climate change adaptation, regional stability and economic growth. It could create new opportunities for riparian states to sustainably develop their common water resources and assist decision-makers and practitioners to reduce conflict, and increase economic development. Despite that, about two-thirds of the world’s transboundary rivers do not have
any cooperative management framework.
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