Notification concerning Planned Measures on Shared Watercourses, Synergies between the Watercourses Convention and the World Bank Policies and Practice, by Salman M.A. Salman, Brill Research Perspectives in International Water Law, Vol. 4.2, 2019

Notification of co-riparian states of planned measures on shared watercourses that may result in significant adverse effects has been widely accepted as one of the established principles of international water law, now codified and elaborated by the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention. This monograph begins with an overview of the historical and legal origins of the notification requirement. It then examines in detail the provisions of the Convention, as well as those of the World Bank policies dealing with notification, including the content of notification and the different types of responses that the notifying state may receive from the notified states. It further discusses in detail possible objections to the planned measures, and how such objections are addressed under the Convention and the Bank Policy and practice. The monograph concludes by highlighting a number of comparators and synergies between the UN Watercourses Convention and the Bank Policy and practice, including the role of environmental impact assessments, shared groundwater resources, the different responses to notification, and how to handle objections from a notified state. The conclusion also stresses the potential positive outcomes of notification when undertaken properly and in good faith. This publication may be obtained from