River Basin Organizations

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Terms & Synonyms

River Basin Organizations

Official WHO Definition

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

Short Description

River Basin Organisations (RBOs) are designed to help bring about IWRM and improve water governance in Transboundary Water Basins. All evidence suggests these organiations are becoming increasingly significant in all regions of the world. Historically, shared rivers were governed through treaties at the international level, or interagency compacts at local or state levels. However, today river basin organizations constitute a fast-growing alternative. The International Network of Basin Organizations currently has 133 member organizations in 50 countries, and this does not include all RBOs at the local and state levels (INBO 2003). These forums, which enable governments that share rivers to come together to coordinate activities, share information, and develop integrated management approaches, are the most common expressions of transboundary environmental/water governance.

Additional Information

Network of Asian River Basin Organizations

Review of the role of River Basin Organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean

Earthtrends: the Ebb and Flow of River Basin Organizations

International River Basin Organisations Data


Basin Organizations WHO-Lexicon page (translations and examples)

See also

  1. Performance and Capacity of River Basin Organizations

External Resources


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