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International River and Lake Commissions

A Cartographic Website 
by Sandra L. Arlinghaus and Astrid Hillers
for Community Systems Foundation, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Based on a document 
by Franziska Rahner, 
for Development Policy Forum/ DSE and Federal Foreign Office (using German Embassies data) 
Transboundary Water Management: 
Experience of International River and Lake Commissions
Villa Borsig, Berlin, 27-30 September, 1998.


Map showing global distribution of lake and river basin commissions.  The shading shows the number of commissions to which each country belongs (legend at upper left).  Thus, Germany belongs to 10 commissions; South Africa to 7 commissions.  European Union and RAMSAR affiliations not counted.

Map showing European nations and commission membership (legend same as above).

European distribution of lake and river basin commissions.

Commission names (source:  Rahner document based on German Embassies); links to sources where available.
Commission Name:  when available, click for source or other information. Member States:  when available, click for link to map and other information.
Amazon Cooperation Treaty Bolivia, Brasil, Colomiba, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela
Internationale Koordinierungskommission fur Wasserwirtschaft (MKBK) (Concerning the Aral Sea and the Tadschikistanian Rivers). Tadschikistan, Usbekistan, Kasachstan, Kirgistan, Turkmenistan
Austria-Czech Commission Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia
Austria-Hungary Commission Austria, Hungary
Austria-Slovakia Commission Austria, Slovakia
Border Environment Cooperation Commission Mexico, U.S.A.
Lake Chad Basin Commission Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Central African Republic
Commission de lat Gestion du Bassin du Congo et du Nil Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo--Zaire??)
International Commission for the Protection of Lake Constance Switzerland, Germany, Austria
Danube Commission Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Austria-Slovenia Commission for the Drau Austria, Slovenia
International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe Germany, Czech Republic, European Union
EMS-Commission Germany, Netherlands
The Border River Commission between Finland and Sweden Finland, Sweden
The Finnish-Norwegian Commission on Border Water Systems Finland, Norway
The Finnish-Russian Joint Commission Finland, Russia
Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau
International Commission for the Protection of the Waters of Lake Leman Agains Pollution Switzerland and others (??)
German-Netherlands Commission Germany, Netherlands
Great Lakes Commission Canada, U.S.A.
Greece-Bulgaria Commission Greece, Bulgaria
Indo-Bangladesh Joint River Commission India, Bangladesh
International Joint Commission Canada, U.S.A.
Binational Association Lake Itaipu Brasil, Paraguay
Internationale Kommission zu Schutz der Italienish-Schweizerischen Gewasser gegen Verunreiningung Switzerland, Italy
Joint Permanent Technical Committee Botswana Botswana, South Africa
Joint Permanent Techincal Committee Lesotho Lesotho, South Africa
Joint Water Commission Mozambik Mozambique, South Africa
Joint Water Commission Swaziland South Africa, Swaziland
Jordan and Yarmouk Commission Syria, Jordan
Organization for the Management and Development of the Kagera River Basin UIA Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Komati River Basin Authority link
Limpopo River Commission Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Autorite de Developpement integree de la Region Liptako-Gourma Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali
Mano River Union Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
Mekong River Commission Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam (China and Myanmar have observer status).
Commission International pour la Protection de la Meuse Belgium, France, Netherlands, (Germany with observer status)
Comision International de limites y Aguas Mexico-Guatemala Mexico, Guatemala
Austria-Slovenia Commission for the Mur Austria, Slovenia
Niger Basin Authority Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria
Council of Ministers of Water Affairs of the Nile Basin States Rwanda, Uganda, Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo--Zaire???), Tanzania, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burundi.
OAS--Inter-American Dialogue on Water Management Argentina,...
Order Commission Germany, Poland, Czech Republic
Okavango River Basin Commission Botswana, Namibia, Angola
Orange River Basin Commission Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zentral Africa (??)
Orontes and South-Cebir Commission Syria, Lebanon
Program Paraguay-Parana Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay
Lake Peipsi Commission Estonia, Russia
Peru-Brasil Peru, Brasil
Peru-Colombia Peru, Colombia
Commission Rio Pilcamayo Bolivia, Paraguay, ARgentina
International Commission (Portugal-Spain) Portugal, Spain
RAMSAR Convention Bureau Governments of 100 countries
Commission of the Regensburg Convention Austria, Germany, European Union
International Commission for the Regulation of the Rhein Switzerland, Austria
International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine against pollution Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands
International Boundary and Water Commission Mexico, U.S.A.
Rumanisch-Jugoslawische Hydrotechnische Kommission Rumania, Slovenia
Rumanisch-Ungarische Hydrotechnische Kommission Rumania, Hungary
Russian-Kasachstan Commission for Utilisation and Protection of transboundary waters. Russia, Kasachstan
SADC Water Sector Protocol on Shared Watercourse Systems 12 member states
The Discharge Rule for Lake Saimaa dn the River Vuoksi Finland, Russia
Commission Internationale pour la Protection de la Schelde Belgium, France, Netherlands (Germany with observer status)
Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal Senegal, Mali, Mauretania (since 1992 cooperation with Guinea)
Tigris and Euphrates Joint Technical Committee Syria, Turkey, Iraq
Commission Lago Titicaca-Rio Desaguadero-Poopo-See Bolivia, Peru
Tripartite Permanent Technical Committee Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa
Zambezi River Authority Zambia, Zimbabwe
A more abstract map showing country centroids shaded according to number of lake and river basin commissions to which each belongs.  This map may be useful for grasping the global distribution pattern at a glance.  The darker the color of the dot, the larger the number of commissions to which the nation belongs (from 1 to 10).

Country centroids shaded according to number of river basin commissions.

Contouring of the centroids in the previous maps. 

Contouring of centroids.

Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) based on the contours.  Digitized points on the contours are joined in a pattern of small triangles.  The facets of these triangles, when shaded suggest a picture with some depth.

Triangulated irregular network (TIN) of contours.

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