Abu Dhabi Dialogue: 2010

The 5th Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD5) was held in 2010 in Bangkok. Participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan engaged in various discussions such as: 1) collaborative research under the Small Grants Program (SGP), 2) cooperative regional action to enhance information sharing, and 3) engagement with a broad set of stakeholders who work on regional priorities affected by water resources.

A workshop on Transboundary Water Management and International Water Law  took place on 7 June 2010 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This workshop focused on Nepal’s international river treaties and attracted participants from over 30 different ministries. The workshop’s main objective were: 1)  to familiarize the participants with the history of international rivers treaties and international water law, as well as the norms and common practices of international river negotiations, and 2) to discuss relevant lessons for Nepal.

A workshop on Capacity Development of Transboundary Water Management, which explored state-of-the-art technical and institutional approaches in transboundary water management, was held from 15-17 June 2010 in Lijiang, China. Over 40 high-level representatives from relevant Chinese agencies participated in the workshop. Because significant knowledge gaps remain, participants proposed that similar workshops be held in the future. In particular, participants suggested that future workshops  focus on international legal frameworks, the benefits of sharing on transboundary waters, as well as water resources development and cooperation on the Lancang- Mekong River. They also recommended that future workshops encourage participation from both upstream and downstream riparian countries. In addition, they suggested that, physical data and information should be collected, particularly in higher altitudes and in the cryosphere.

Resources: Materials and presentations from the ADD5

The South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) Activities and Strategic Directions

Glacier and Hydrological Monitoring in the Greater Himalayan Region: Need and scope for regional information sharing

Greater Mekong Sub-Region Overview

Emerging Opportunities for Regional Cooperation in South Asia

Regional Cooperation on Hydrometeorological Disaster Risk Reduction