The inclusion of a regular reporting mechanism under the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) marks an important milestone in the Convention’s evolution. For the first time, Parties have a transparent mechanism to systematically review implementation of the Convention on a regular basis. Such a review constitutes an invaluable means by which Parties can assess the implementation of their national and international laws and policies related to transboundary water management, and reflect upon any gaps, or highlight good practices and lessons learned. In so doing, reporting can inform the development of future programmes of work under the Convention, assist in the better mobilization of resources, keep the public informed of measures taken to protect and manage shared resources, and assist the work of the various bodies established in support of the Convention, including the Implementation Committee. In addition, riparian Parties can—possibly through a joint body or bilaterally—utilize reporting as a means to review and strengthen the implementation of existing arrangements, improve the harmonization of national laws and policies, or identify areas where new arrangements might be needed.

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