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International River Basin Authorities

International River Basin Authorities provide the institutional framework to promote regional co-operation by supporting decisions and action on sustainable development and poverty alleviation as a contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals.

River Basin Authorities act as co-operation agencies at the river basin level. They push and facilitate trans-national actions related to integrated and sustainable water resources management . The acting national partners collaborate on the basis of agreements on the joint management of the shared water resources. Some River Basin Authorities provide technical and administrative services.

Some important trans-national basin authorities are listed below. This list will be extended over time, but is not intended to be exhaustive. Hyperlinks to the related Websites are provided as a convenience only. They imply neither responsibility for, nor approval of, the information contained in those other Websites.

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

The ICPDR comprises 15 contracting parties who have committed themselves to implement the Danube River Protection Convention.The final goals are to co-operate on fundamental water management issues and to take all appropriate legal, administrative and technical measures to maintain and improve the quality of the Danube River and its environment (Source: http://www.icpdr.org/)

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International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe River (IKSE-MKOL)

The International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe River is organizing and coordinating cooperation of special German and Czech institutions to improve the status of the Elbe river, perceive the inland water transport as a cross-border issue and ensure the ecological sustainability of the river. (Source: http://www.ikse-mkol.org/)

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International Commission for the Protection of the Odra River against Pollution (ICPO)

The International Commission for the Protection of the Odra River (IKSO-MKOO) is coordinating collaboration of special Polish, Czech and German institutions to prevent the pollution of the Oder and the Baltic Sea, to achieve the most natural aquatic and littoral ecosystems, to permit utilisation of the Oder, to provide for precautions against the risk of flood damage, and to coordinate implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the Oder river basin. (Source: http://www.mkoo.pl/)

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International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR)

For the benefit of the Rhine River and of all of its tributaries Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands and the European Commission successfully co-operate with Austria, Liechtenstein, the Belgian region of Wallonia and Italy. Focal points of this co-operation are the sustainable development of the Rhine, its floodplains and the good state of all waters in its watershed. (Source: http://www.iksr.org/)

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International Commission for the Protection of the Rivers Mosel and Saar (ICPMS)

The Commissions exists for a long time to protect the Moselle and Sarre rivers and all of its tributaries aggainst pollution. Since 2002 the Commissions offer a permanent secretary structure and present a platform for the exchange of experience in conducting operations regarding the implementation of the European WFD.

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Mekong River Commission (MCR)

The Mekong River Commission was formed in 1995 by an agreement between the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. The four countries signed this agreement on the cooperation for the sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin and agreed on joint management of their shared water resources and development of the economic potential of the river. (Source: http://www.mrcmekong.org/)

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Niger Basin Authority (NBA)

The Niger Basin Authority is one of the oldest African Intergovernmental Organizations created in 1964. Its mission is to promote cooperation between the member countries and to ensure the sustainable development of the River Niger Basin. The new NBA Partners Cooperation framework was signed by NBA 22 technical and financial partners in April 2004. (Source: http://www.abn.ne/web/index.php/eng/)

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