The BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance)
programme works by supporting the capacities of countries sharing river
or lake basins to implement effective water management arrangements
through a shared vision, benefit-sharing principles and transparent and
coherent institutional frameworks.
Implemented by IUCN and
regional partners, BRIDGE works at the interface of hydro-diplomacy and
local governance to promote new approaches in transboundary water
works from national to international levels to support cooperation
between stakeholders and States for good water management. The programme
focuses on supporting stakeholders to reduce tensions and improve
cooperation over shared water resources. In doing so, reducing the
potential for conflicts through enhanced regional cooperation.
in 2011, the programme has expanded its work from nine to fourteen
transboundary basins across Asia, Latin America and Africa. Linkages are
made from the river basin to the regional entities (such as the
Regional economic communities of Africa) to share and use knowledge and
lessons generated throughout the regions.
Duration: 2019 – 2021
Budget: CHF 6.66 million (81% covered by SDC)
Contact: Stephanie Piers de Raveschoot of the Global Programme Water
Areas of Work of the BRIDGE Programme 2019-2021