Jordan River

Model Basin Commission

Building on the effort of the Regional NGO Master Plan for the Lower Jordan River, released in June 2015, our Jordan River Rehabilitation Program, with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency, developed a Model Basin Commission for the Jordan River.

This effort proposes a governance structure for the Lower Jordan River based on best practices and lessons learned from existing transboundary basin commissions. The Model Basin Commission upholds principles of international water law, cooperative sustainable water management and the advancement of mutual benefits through the approval and implementation of a regional master plan.

The Model Basin Commission proposes a legal framework and provides a detailed description of the governance bodies, political, financial, scientific, monitoring and data collection and exchange, technical and operational and financing. The Model Basin Commission also includes dispute resolution mechanisms.

The Model Basin Commission entitled “Governance Structures for Transboundary Water Management in the Jordan Basin” was presented at EcoPeace’s Annual Regional Conference in November 2016.

Best practices and common failures in river basin management

In 2009 EcoPeace partnered with the Yale Environmental Law clinic in a research effort to identify best practices and common failures in river basin management with regard to sustainable development, conflict mitigation and cooperation, and equitable distribution of river flows. The purpose was to inform the efforts towards forming a multilateral organization to successfully manage the divergent water demands within the Jordan River basin. A literature review was conducted to identify major transboundary river basins and to describe, in general terms, their ecosystems, political settings and the terms of their transboundary water management agreements. Subsequently, an in-depth study of two selected river basins, the Okavango and the Indus Basins, was undertaken to identify best practices for successful transboundary river basin management.