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Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes was adopted on 17 March 1992 and entered into force on 6 October 1996. The main purpose of the Convention is to protect and ensure the quantity, quality and sustainable use of transboundary water resources by facilitating cooperation through instruments of transboundary cooperation. Initially negotiated as a regional instrument for the states concerned by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, it turned into a universally available legal framework for transboundary water cooperation, opening it to all UN Member States since 2013.There are two protocols to this Convention: a) the Protocol on Water and Health and b) the Protocol on Civil Liability for Damage and Compensation for Damage Caused by Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents on Transboundary Waters. (Protocol also applied to the Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents- has not entered into force yet).