Law Division


First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

26 -28 November 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

The Forum provided the opportunity for basin organizations from around the globe to share experiences on strengthening their governance structures as well as incentives and tools for enhancing their operations particularly for the implementation of different environmental obligations and international agreed goals in support of sustainable development.

The Chair's Summary:
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The 1st International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations brought together key stakeholders in the management of freshwater basins from all around the globe, such as ministers of water and the environment, heads of basin organizations and water directors, heads of national delegations to transboundary basin organizations, UN Agencies and other relevant international organizations, financial institutions, MEA Secretariats, civil society and academia.

The primary objective of the Forum was to strengthen basin organizations as key building blocks for environmental governance. Basin Organizations are crucial in supporting the implementation of internationally agreed environmental goals and objectives embedded in many Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) as well as in national and basin-wide water management schemes.

Key Considerations:

1. What priority actions are required to protect ecosystems in freshwater basins for the continued provision of both surface and groundwater resources in the context of sustainable development?

2. How can basin organizations be better supported to improve the environmental governance and management of freshwater resources? Including through enhanced legal, policy and institutional support to effectively implement internationally agreed environmental goals and objectives, such as MEAs.

3. Contributions by basin organizations to international processes and fora, such as the post 2015 development agenda, United Nations Environment Assembly, the Stockholm World Water Week, the World Water Forum, INBO and others.

The Forum was co-convened by the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO)


Prof. Dr. Hossam Mohamed Moghazy
Ministry of Water , Egypt

Prof. Judy Wakhungu
Ministry of Environment, Water
and Natural Resources

H.E. Jumanne A. Maghembe
Ministry of Water and Irrigation,

H.E. Mr. Ephraim Kamuntu
Ministry of Water and Environment,

H.E. Belete Tafere Desta
Ministry of Environment Protection,

Mohamed Salem Ould Bechir

Basin Organizations

Mr. John Nyaoro
Executive Director, Nile Basin Initiative

Alfredo Mamani Salinas
Executive President, Binational Autonomous Authority
of the Lake Titicaca (ALT)

Dr. Ilya Trombitsky
Executive Director Eco-Tiras
International Environ. Association Of Dniester River Keepers

Madame Ingani Georgette
Eau et Assainissement en Afrique
(EAA) au Congo -Brazzaville

Prof. Dr.-Ing Martin Grambow
Director General for Water Management
and Soil Protection

Tracy Molefi
ANBO Chair Person


Mr. Jean-François Donzier
Director, INBO

Max Campos
Organization of American States (OAS)

Ms. Sonja Koeppel
Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE

Peter Kershaw
Principal Research Scientist, Centre for Environment,
Fisheries & Aquaculture, Lowestoft England

Mr. Chaiporn Siripornpibul,
Inspector General, Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment of Thailand