BRIDGE is currently implemented in 14 transboundary river and lake basins in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia.

It is based on a strategic approach which:

  • Utilises demonstration: making cooperation operational in a basin through joint action.
  • Facilitates learning: through training and capacity building for multiple stakeholders, across multiple scales.
  • Fosters dialogue: for consensus building through demonstration actions and learning.
  • Implements leadership programmes: to empower Water champions.
  • Provides advice and support: on-demand technical assistance


The team of the BRIDGE Project embraces different branches of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

IUCN Environmental Law Centre

The ELC is a programme unit of the IUCN secretariat and an internationally recognized centre of excellence for the conceptual development and implementation of environmental law. It coordinates the promotion of environmental law as a tool for sustainable development and resource governance. It acts as the secretariat for the WCEL, and works in collaboration with the whole of IUCN, together with many other partners from across the globe.

The ELC plays an active role in the context of water law and deals with multiple topics (i.e. the effects of climate change over water resources, the sustainable and integrated management of freshwater and other natural resources, transboundary water governance, the human right to water and sanitation, etc.).

The ELC is the management unit for ECOLEX, a comprehensive webbased information portal on environmental law.

For more information visit the ELC website.

Global Water Programme

The IUCN Global Water Programme is a trusted partner for action and knowledge on sustainable water resource management.

Bringing together an extensive network of IUCN Members, experts, government and private sector partners, its work focuses on promoting good water governance, implementing nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation, protecting freshwater biodiversity, and supporting increased investment in ecosystems as natural water infrastructure.

For more information visit the Water Programme website.

Regional Offices

Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Carribbean (ORMACC)
Regional Office for South America (SUR)
Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO)
Regional Office for West and Central Africa (PACO)
Regional Office for Asia (ARO)

Regional areas of work

Zebras at a pond in Southern Africa


We work in the Buzi, Pungwe and Sawi Rivers (Mozambique, Zimbabwe) and the Lake Malawi/Niassa/Nyasa (Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique).

Houseboats on the Mekong River


We facilitate cooperative processes in the 3S, Sekong (Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Cambodia), Sesan (Viet Nam, Cambodia) and Sre Pok (Viet Nam, Cambodia) river basins.

Aerila view of the Lake Titicaca


We promote dialogue in the nine river basins shared between Ecuador and Peru, as well as the Titicaca Lake, the Desaguadero River, the lakes Poopo and Salar de Coipasa (Peru, Bolivia).

Omo river basin valley, Ethiopia


We support the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi (SMM) (Uganda, Kenya).

Sixaola river basin valley in Central America


We work in Central America in the Sixaola (Costa Rica, Panama) river basin.

River landscape in Central Africa


We foster cooperation in the Mano River (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Guinea) and the Lake Chad (Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Central African Republic).

Building River Dialogue and Governance (BRIDGE) supports the capacities of countries sharing river or lake basins to implement effective water management arrangements. Its goal is to enhance cooperation among riparians to through applying water diplomacy at multiple levels.


The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.

The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services.

For more information visit the SDC website.

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