This document highlights the role of river and aquifer basin organizations and the benefits of cooperation in managing transboundary basins. It focuses on three key issues within the overall umbrella of water, energy and food security in transboundary basins: (i) sustainable development; (ii) climate change adaptation in a transboundary context; and (iii) benefits of cooperation.
The document is based on the International Conference entitled: Cooperation for Water, Energy and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam from 2-3 April 2014. It is a synthesis of the views shared by experts and participants from 20 river and aquifer basin organisations around the world.
The report is divided into two parts. Part 1 follows the three conference themes: advances in sustainable development (Chapter 2), climate change adaptation in a transboundary context (Chapter 3) and the benefits of transboundary cooperation (Chapter 4). Part 2 of the report highlights the discussions, examples and issues raised in these three areas; adaptive basin management (Chapter 5), science/policy dialogue (Chapter 6) and involvement of stakeholders (Chapter 7). The conference conclusions are elaborated in Chapter 8.