Thursday, June 12, 2008

Transboundary aquifer resources meeting

IISD Linkages has reported on the Third International Conference on Managing Shared Aquifer Resources in Africa, which took place in Tripoli, Libya, from 25-27 May 2008, where an overview of the 38 Transboundary Aquifer Systems in Africa, prepared by the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO, the Global Environmental Facility’s International Waters Programme and various universities, served as the basis for discussion. Participants heard a presentation about the set of draft articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers, and took note of the relevance of this international law instrument for the African continent. Also during the conference, the Centre on Transboundary Aquifer Resources Management in Africa and the Arab States was launched by the Libyan Government in Tripoli under the auspices of UNESCO.

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