In Print and Online

Category: Water Conservation

Title: From Ridge to Reef: Water, Environment, and Community Security

Organization: Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Date: April 2009

Language: English, Spanish, French

Number of Pages: 92, with color photos and appendices

Eco-Index Summary: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters focal area was established to help countries work together to overcome cross-border tensions in large water systems such as oceans, rivers, lakes, and groundwater. The focal area aims to help countries collectively manage their transboundary surface water basins, groundwater basins, and coastal and marine systems in order to share the benefits from them. This publication includes a brief introduction to the subject of international waters management followed by detailed descriptions of several projects undertaken by the GEF. These projects enabled countries to work collectively and, in many cases, establish adaptive management institutions. Working closely with countries to enhance the security of water resources, environments, and communities is a constant theme in many of the GEF International Waters projects described.