Shared Waters Partnership

The Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) works to prevent conflict over shared waters by building trust and promoting cooperation.



It does so by working to strengthen multi-stakeholder platforms, improve efforts to align diplomatic and development work and build capacity to create robust, responsive institutions in cooperative shared water management.

The key objective of the Partnership is to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to increase political will and strengthen riparian country commitment to regional processes that advance cooperation in regions where water is, or may become, a source of conflict.

Specifically, the Shared Waters Partnership:

  • Performs technical studies on the linkages between water resources and conflict and the benefits and costs of cooperation on shared waters.
  • Facilitates shared strategic planning and donor-riparian dialogues.
  • Holds high level government events, such as parliamentary conferences, to build multi-country awareness of shared water body issues.
  • Supports processes to enable and finalise regional frameworks.
  • Promotes regional data sharing and harmonisation exercises.
  • Promotes the development of shared water and environmental databases and analysis activities to enhance transparency, build participation and trust.
  • Develops scenario modelling tools to allow regional parties to better understand transboundary waters in a broader context of peace, security and economic development.
  • Builds capacity of transboundary water institutions in dispute resolution, public participation and management.

The Shared Waters Partnership is a component of UNDP’s Transboundary Waters Programme and is implemented by the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI (WGF) and the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre.

Visit the Shared Waters Partnership page at the Water Governance Facility website.