The major recommendations in the world : international rules

-    The United Nations New York Convention (21st May 1997)
On the right on international water courses uses for purposes other than navigation ;
Source : icon FR UN WaterCourse Convention (267.73 KB)

-    The Helsinki Convention (17th March 1992)
On the protection and utilization of transboundary water courses and international lakes
Source : icon Water Conf (372.27 KB)

-    The recommendations made by the World Commission on Dams (2000)

The recommendations made by the Commission on decision-making mechanisms
(Chap. 7 to 10 of the World Commission on Dams report)
Source : http://www.unep.org/dams/WCD/report.asp

-    UNEP - Dams and Development Project (DDP) – (2001- 2007)
The objective of the Dams and Development Project is to streamline the decision-making, planning and management process on dams as well as their alternatives, building on the strategy and priorities set by the World Commission on Dams.
Source : http://www.unep.org/dams/About_DDP/
Document : http://www.unep.org/dams/includes/compendium.asp/

In this respect, national dialogues have been implemented in West Africa :
Ghana : http://www.unep.org/dams/documents/Default.asp?DocumentID=686
Togo : http://www.unep.org/dams/documents/Default.asp?DocumentID=690
Nigeria : http://www.unep.org/dams/documents/Default.asp?DocumentID=691

-    The International Commission on Large Dams
For the International Commission on Large Dams, environmental and social impacts of dams and water bodies are a key issue that should be addressed with the same level of concern as dam safety which is a critical concern to all activities of the Commission. On top of the conventional criteria of technical, economic and financial feasibility, dam projects are supposed to meet a more binding criterion that is the agreement of the civil society and parliamentarians.
Source : http://www.icold-cigb.net

-    WWF – Position on dams (2001)
WWF has welcomed the World Commission on Dams’ report entitled « Dams and Development: a new framework for decision -making ».WWF was involved in the preparation of the recommendations made by the Commission in their capacity as a member of the consultative forum on behalf of NGOs.
Source : icon WCD position final FR (107.67 KB)

-    IUCN Water programme

All IUCN background documents on water management urge countries and water course managers to enhance governance and implement an on-going dialogue through agreements, treaties, appropriate laws and a community participation strategy.

Source : http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/water/