Abu Dhabi Dialogue: 2007

The 2nd Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD2) took place in July 2007 in Bangkok, with the World Bank serving as facilitator. Participants included senior ADDG representatives from the seven countries. The ADD2’s theme was “The Rivers of the Greater Himalayas.” The ADD2 particularly focused on the changing conditions in the headwaters and the pressures in the floodplains and deltas. The ADD2’s sessions were designed to share global experience on international waters and benefit-sharing, with the goal of achieving constructive convergence on common challenges. The ADD2 concluded with a consensus on the ADDG ten-year vision of “a cooperative and knowledge based partnership of states fairly managing and developing the Himalayan river systems to bring economic prosperity, peace and social harmony, and environmental sustainability from the source to the sea.”

The World Bank established SAWI (a development partnership that now includes the UK, Australia and Norway) to: 1) support future ADDG activities, and 2) promote the goals of poverty reduction, economic growth, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water security and regional peace through significant and measurable improvements in water resources management and development at the regional, international basin and national levels in South Asia.

Since the ADD2, country-level consultations have been held to engage a wide range of stakeholders and knowledge institutions on the potential for regional cooperation on the Himalayan river systems. These country-level consultations have resulted in high-level, well-attended workshops organized in several countries and widely disseminated proceedings.

Resources: Materials and presentations from the ADD2

Benefits of Cooperation

History, process and current status of cooperation in the Mekong River Basin

Law of International Watercourses

Working with International Waters- some lesons from experience

Thai National Mekong Committee and Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River

Rivers of the Greater Himalayas: Chnaging water tower, changing rivers and changing society