Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: New York, USA
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 17/08/2014

Category

Environment and products

Sub category

International watercourses

Groups

UNS

What is it about?

This Convention applies to the usage of international watercourses for purposes other than navigation. It details measures of protection, preservation and management related to such usage. The mission of the Convention is to provide optimal and sustainable utilization. State Parties to this instrument agree to an equitable and reasonable usage of their watercourses, taking into account the interests of other watercourse States concerned. In utilizing an international watercourse, Parties agree to take into account such matters as geographic, hydrological, climatic, and ecological factors, the social and economic needs of watercourse states concerned, the population on the watercourse in each watercourse State, and the conservation, protection, development, and economy of use of the water resources. State Parties are obliged not to cause significant harm, as well as to undertake planned measures to protect, preserve and manage their watercourses. State Parties are encouraged to cooperate and to regularly exchange data and information. Before a watercourse State implements or permits the implementation of planned measures that may have a significant adverse effect upon other watercourse States, it must provide those States with timely notification. Any dispute that cannot be settled by agreement can be submitted to any joint watercourse institutions that may have been established by them or agree to submit the dispute to arbitration or to the International Court of Justice

Why is it relevant?

By creating rules to ensure the development, conservation, management and protection of international waters, State parties protect not only their territory but also important economic sectors, such as fishing, agriculture and tourism.

Additional Information

States apply and adjust their “watercourse agreements” to the provision of the Convention.

  • The Convention of the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Economic Commission for Europe, Helsinki, 17 March 1992).

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Benin05/07/2012
Burkina Faso22/03/2011
Chad26/09/2012
Cote d'Ivoire25/02/2014
Denmark30/04/2012
Finland23/01/1998
France24/02/2011
Germany15/01/2007
Greece02/12/2010
Guinea-Bissau19/05/2010
Hungary26/01/2000
Iraq09/07/2001
Ireland20/12/2013
Italy30/11/2012
Jordan22/06/1999
Lebanon25/05/1999
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya14/06/2005
Luxembourg08/06/2012
Montenegro24/09/2013
Morocco13/04/2011
Namibia29/08/2001
Netherlands09/01/2001
Niger20/02/2013
Nigeria27/09/2010
Norway30/09/1998
Portugal22/06/2005
Qatar28/02/2002
South Africa26/10/1998
Spain24/09/2009
Sweden15/06/2000
Syrian Arab Republic02/04/1998
Tunisia22/04/2009
United Kingdom13/12/2013
Uzbekistan04/09/2007
Viet Nam19/05/2014
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19984
19992
20002
20013
20021
20052
20072
20092
20103
20113
20126
20134
20142
Total36
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