Training Workshop on International Water Law and Treaties to Somali students across the Globe

June 25, 2020

Somali Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC) conducted a training workshop on International Water Law and Treaties to fresh graduates and Somali students who are persuading their master degree in Water sector across Universities in Africa, Asia and Europe.  The students were equipped to fully understand the different water conventions and the principle of equitable utilization and principle of no significant harm. Much more discussion were made on Principles of equitable utilization is the more subtle version of the doctrine of absolute sovereign territory and argues that a (nation) state has absolute rights to all water flowing through its territory  whereby the principle of no significant harm is the delicate version of the doctrines of both absolute riparian integrity (every riparian state is entitled to the natural flow of a river system crossing its borders) and historic rights (where every riparian state is entitled to water that is tied to a prior or existing use).

The training is inline with the capacity development policy of SONRREC, the National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  SONRREC is pleased that Dr. Mohamed Wahba, who is Hon. Vice President of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and Chairperson of African Working Group of ICID attended as a key speaker and addressed to the Somali Young Water Professionals.