Round Table - "The Role of Large Dams in Transboundary Water Negotiations"


World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Kruzel Room, 2nd floor
7bis Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva (Access map)

In the context of climate change and global population increase, water demands are changing, and large dam construction experiences a renaissance worldwide, especially in developing countries. Damming a river upstream is an opportunity for energy production and agriculture development but it can create conflicts between sectors and often political unrest if the waters are shared between countries.

The Geneva Water Hub is orgnizing thisroundtable to discuss state-of-the-art practices in transboundary dam construction, reservoir filling and management. We will explore existing case-studies, discuss about legal and political frameworks, operational solutions and cooperation opportunities. Three selected speakers will address the aforementioned questions in 30 minutes presentations, after which we will open up the space for an exchange and discussion. The objective of the round table is to identify the main problems, impacts and gaps and foster cooperation between different actors from policy to practice. Its purpose is to advance the knowledge regarding large dam construction, reservoir management negotiations and to define tracks for recommendations at the policy level.

Furthermore, this meeting is an opportunity to build a strong global network and an exchange platform related to these topics.