project has the strong support of the Secretariat
of the Third World Water Forum to be held in
Japan in March 2003. The findings and proposals
of the Water for Peace project will be open
for discussion as a component of the Virtual
Water Forum for the duration of the project,
and officially presented at the Third World
Water Forum in 2003, the International Year
Phase I of the project is underway and GCI and
its regional partners have been gathering information,
consulting experts, investigating the current
state of affairs in the basins, and pursuing
additional sources of funding. On 22-23 June
2001, all the working partners met in Geneva
to consolidate activities and share initial
findings and experience. Between July and September
2001, workshops and consultations were held
with experts and organisations in the six basins
to prepare the terms of reference of the project.
The overall project will be coordinated by the
Green Cross International Water Conflict Prevention
Proramme, based in Geneva, but each basin sub-project
will be managed locally by Green Cross National
Organisations and partners, with the continual
involvement of regional and international consultants
and experts. While all six basin sub-projects
will follow the below structure and timeline,
each will develop in a unique direction owing
to the different realities, opportunities and
constraints in the regions.
I. Project Development & Research: June
- December 2001
selection of international basins (proposed:
Danube, Jordan, Volga, La Plata, Okavango
and Volta); initial investigation of situation;
analysis of related work already done; additional
fundraising; identification of partners and
experts in the regions and internationally.
June 2001 - First project workshop with implementing
- 7 December 2001 - Water for the Poor
International Conference on Freshwater, Bonn.
GCI will participate in the debate on transboundary
issues, one of the main topics of the conference,
and in collaboration with UNESCO-IHP will
hold a parallel session on 5 December to launch
the PCCP-Water for Peace programme.
Phase 2: Investigation,
Consultations & Mediation
II. Experts Workshops: January - May 2002
in each of the selected basins of top experts
from Academic, Environmental, Government,
Technical, NGO, Civil Society and Private
sectors to analyse the potential for conflict
and greater cooperation among the people of
the basin, identify the challenges, and determine
the precise parameters and objectives of the
2002 - Great Rivers conference focussing on
transbourdary water issuess the GCI Water
for Peace Project, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Public Hearings: June - September 2002
Invite local decision-makers, parliamentarians,
private investors and representatives of stakeholder
groups from the different countries of the
Basins to share their ideas and concerns,
and assess the real problems on the ground.
Ideally, the participants at these Hearings
will agree on a "Basin Declaration"
and set of recommendations to be presented
to the decision makers, stakeholders, institutes
and other authorities in their region.
Inter-State Mediation: January September
Initiation of Pilot Projects: January
3: Information Dissemination
From Potential Conflict to Cooperation
Potential: Water for Peace co-chaired
with UNESCO, September 2001 March
2003; Water for Peace partners will also
gather Water Voices particularly
pertaining to conflicts in the six basins.
World Summit on Sustainable Development, September
International Conference, "From Conflict
to Co-operation: Challenges and Opportunities
in Water Resources Management November 2002",
IHE Delft, The Netherlands,
held jointly by UNESCO and Green Cross.
Preparation & Publication of Reports:
October - December 2002
The findings and concrete proposals of the
Delft conference, workshops, public hearings,
pilot projects, research and analysis of each
basin will be condensed into reports for publication
(in English and the major languages of the
regions) and be the basis of the preparation
of an international report and list of recommendations
on the subject of international watercourses
to be endorsed by prominent persons and formally
presented to the delegates at the Third World
Water Forum. After the Forum, all documents
will be widely distributed to concerned parties
and used as a guide for mediation, cooperation
and future basin agreements. Green Cross and
UNESCO will collaborate closely in the documentation
and distribution of the results and recommendations
of the joint programme, both at and following
the 3rd World Water Forum.
Preparatory Meetings: January - February 2003
Concrete preparations for the different events
to be held at the Forum. Coordination with
Participation at the Third World Water Forum:
As co-coordinators of the PCÕCP: Water
for Peace session at the Forum, Green Cross
will present the results of the above-described
extensive work, and invite the most important
experts and stakeholders to lead a range of
debates on the peaceful and sustainable sharing
of water resources between nations and people.
Green Cross can be instrumental in inviting,
and securing the presence of, a number of
important dignitaries from all over the world.
As well as our President, Mikhail Gorbachev,
we are fortunate to have among our honorary
Board members other former world leaders,
Nobel Prize winners, media figures, celebrities,
and leading academics and environmentalists.
4: Follow Up
Activities in all six basins to achieve the
specific goals identified, as described in
the following chapters,monitor any adherence
to recommendations, and ensure continuation
of initiated projects and mechanisms.
goal is the extension and application of the
findings to other regions through partnerships
with relevant international organisations
and networks, and encouraging governments
in international basins to consider the results
of the project and use them as a guide for
their own negotiation processes. Green Cross
will work closely with UNESCO to ensure effective
follow-up of the programme, and wide distribution
of the findings and recommendations.