- Nile Basin Study Tour: Managing Columbia
Waters: Local Level Perspectives
- Monroe & Corvallis, Oregon, USA
- April 30, 2004
The Nile Basin Initiative helped to bring African water and power
ministers to the Columbia River Basin for a two week tour, hosted by
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
The Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters hosted one day
of the tour that focused on management at a local
sub-basin level, featuring a watershed restoration project at the Raindance Ranch in Monroe, Oregon.
- Read more about this event here.
- "Negotiation and Solution of Water Conflicts"
- Mexico City, Mexico
- August 25-29, 2003
- Sponsored by:
- National Commission of the Water,
- World Meteorological Organization
- Consultant: Aaron Wolf
contributed to the structure and content of the seminar as experts on Mexico's major water basin.
This four day seminar, held in Mexico City, attempted to clarify present concepts and approaches for the negotiation and resolution of hydrological conflicts at the subnational level. Sponsored by the National Commission of the Water and the World Meteorological Organization, Aaron Wolf of the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters, Guillermo Chavez Zarate, Ma. Teresa Salmeron de la Cruz, Jorge Medina Esquivel and Alfredo Mora Magana of the Mexican River Basin Councils and the National Water Ministry led sessions in basic definitions of terms and concepts, characterization of water conflicts and techniques of negotiations. A work program was also defined that involved collaboration in matters of conflict negotiation.
Stakeholder Participation in International
River Basins: Models, Successes and Failures, Workshop
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
On April 14-16, 2003,
the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters along with
the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University
hosted an international workshop focusing on the concerns, needs,
and expertise of officials tasked with public participation and/or
environmental protection within an international water basin. Participants included international river basin practitioners
from the Lempa River (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador), the San
Juan River (Costa Rica, Nicaragua), the Okavango River (Angola,
Namibia, Botswana), and the Rio Grande/ Rio Bravo River (U.S. Mexico).
See additional workshop information:
Workshop Program (pdf)
Read the press release on the meeting.
Read more about the international basins that
were the focus of the meeting.
Top photograph: Sandra
Coveny, watershed council coordinator for the Mary's River shares
Oregonian perspectives on linking local level initiatives with State
and Federal Agency initiatives. Background: Landowner wetland restoration
project, Monroe, Oregon, USA.; Bottom photograph: Stefanus
de Wet shares Namibian perspectives on Stakeholder Participation.
Isidrio Pinheiro, and Kalaote Kalaote from the Okavango River Basin
Commission, Juan Jose Romero Martinez, (San Juan River Basin), Mary
Santelman and Aaron Wolf (Oregon State University) look on.
Joint Seminar: Transboundary Water Issues in South Caucasus
Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia gathered in Tbilisi,
Georgia for a joint seminar coordinated by the Organization for
Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Development Alternatives,
Inc., the Pacific Institute, and Oregon State University. The objectives
of the seminar were to learn about and move towards improved coordination
of transboundary water projects within the Kura-Araks system, and
to build skills in selected topic areas necessary for coordination
Read the report from the meeting (pdf).
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
August, September 2002
Universities Partnership Members, Anthony Turton (University of
Pretoria) and Alexander Lopez Ramirez (Universidad Nacional, Costa
Rica) attended the World
Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and participated in
a Roundtable on Environment,
Development, and Sustainable Peace on August 27, 2002 hosted
by Adelphi Research, the Environmental Change and Security Project
of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Foundation of Foreign Service for
Peace and Democracy, and co-sponsored by the German Federal Ministry
for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
Planning Workshop: Corvallis, Oregon, USA
In May of 2002, Oregon State University (OSU) hosted a week-long
meeting in Corvallis, Oregon, USA to officially establish the Universities
Partnership for Transboundary Waters and begin collaborative planning.
Support for the meeting was provided by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Division of Water Sciences - Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential
(PCCP) Initiative, and the U.S.
Geological Survey, through OSU's Center
for Water and Environmental Sustainability (CWESt).
Read the Press
Release on the meeting to find out more.
OSU role expanding in managing world
Press release, OSU This Week: April 17, 2003