Project profile — Transboundary water management in Iraq


UNDP - United Nations Development Programme (41114)
2022-03-31 - 2025-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Iraq (100.00%)


• Water And Sanitation: Water sector policy and administrative management (14010) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (significant objective)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to strengthen Iraq's negotiation and technical capacity to engage in transboundary water negotiations with the upper riparian countries of Iran, Syria and Turkey. This will enable them to obtain an equitable share of these watercourses. A three-pronged strategy is employed to achieve this. Project activities include: (1) enhancing technical capacity for negotiations; (2) supporting Iraq's participation in UN conventions and forums on transboundary water cooperation; (3) facilitating negotiations between Iraq and upper riparian countries; and (4) working to find approaches to reduce water conflict.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) Improved access to obtain a greater share of water from the three rivers: the Euphrates, the Shatt Al-Arab and the Tigris; and (2) enabled Iraqis to better cope with scarcity and maintain their livelihoods under pressure from the effects of climate change.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to single-donor funding mechanisms and contributions earmarked for a specific funding window or geographical location
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