The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, Helsinki, 1992

The Water Convention is intended to strengthen national measures for the protection and ecologically sound management of transboundary surface waters and groundwaters. The Convention obliges Parties to prevent, control and reduce water pollution from point and non-point sources. It also includes provisions for monitoring, research and development, consultations, warning and alarm systems, mutual assistance, institutional arrangements, and the exchange and protection of information, as well as public access to information. Of great importance is also the assumption that the interested parties would conclude bilateral or multilateral agreements that will in detail define their cooperation and attitude to issues regulated by the Convention. In 1999 Protocol on Water and Health whose main aim is to protect human health and well-being by better management, including the protection of water ecosystems, and by preventing, controlling and reducing water-related diseases.

The Czech Republic, for which the Convention entered into force on 10 September 2000, is currently a party to bilateral agreements on transboundary waters with all neighbouring states. On the multilateral level the Czech Republic cooperates with the other states in terms of the Agreement on the International Commission for the protection of the river Elbe, the Agreement on the International Commission for the Protection of the river Oder from pollution and the Agreement on the cooperation and sustainable use of the river Donau.

The contact Person in the Czech Republic: Doubravka Nedvědová.

For further information please visit:
http://live.unece.org/env/water.html