Past Events

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.
Landowner wetland restoration project, Monroe, Oregon, USA Stakeholder Participation Workshop

"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
April 2003

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
November 2002

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 and cooperation.

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
May 2002

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.

Related News

OSU role expanding in managing world waters conflict
Press release, OSU This Week: April 17, 2003

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