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Progress on Transboundary Water Cooperation (SDG target 6.5)

Transboundary water cooperation plays a crucial role in supporting wider regional integration, peace and sustainable development, as well as in tackling regional security challenges and in supporting climate change adaptation.

  • 58 % of the world’s transboundary basin areas has an operational arrangement for water cooperation (SDG indicator 6.5.2, 2020)

Available time series: 2017-2020
Number of countries (and areas) sharing transboundary waters: 153
Number of countries (and areas) reporting in the last five years: 101
Learn more about the indicator here
Read the latest progress report here  

SDG target 6.5 is: ‘By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate.’

To track progress towards the target, indicator 6.5.2 looks at the area of a country within transboundary basins and assesses the extent to which that area is covered by operational cooperation arrangements.

Global status of indicator 6.5.2 Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation (2020)

Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for cooperation (%)

Progress over time of indicator @indicator

Status in different countries (or areas) of indicator 6.5.2 Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation (2020)

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Eastern and South-Eastern Asia
  • Central and Southern Asia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe and Northern America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand)
  • Northern Africa and Western Asia

Status in different SDG regions of indicator @indicator ()

Status of different components of indicator 6.5.2 Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation (2020)

Source data indicator 6.5.2 Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation

Country (or area), regional and world data for the latest year of reporting: 2020

Country (or area), region, worldYear 6.5.2 Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Overall Transboundary river and lake basins Transboundary aquifers
Afghanistan202051.66
Albania202054.4956.0151.67
Algeria202057.54058.32
Andorra20204.384.38
Angola202078.8410015.24
Argentina202060.4199.570
Armenia202011.3412.410
Austria2020100100100
Azerbaijan202021.7327.753.86
Belarus202067.4367.4367.43
Belgium2020100100100
Benin202083.3398.3058.47
Bosnia and Herzegovina202092.6096.1473.32
Botswana2020100100100
Brazil202062.3698.170
Brunei Darussalam2020000
Bulgaria202099.5510097.59
Burkina Faso202093.57
Burundi202088.3492.0379.39
Cambodia2020561000
Cameroon202088.2587.2092.55
Canada202080.2291.270
Chad202044.4235.8553.18
Chile202087.2187.210
Colombia20201.08
Costa Rica202099.040
Croatia2020100100100
Czechia2020100100100
Côte d'Ivoire202018.04
Democratic Republic of the Congo202099.61
Denmark2020100100
Dominican Republic2020000
Ecuador2020100100100
Egypt2020100
El Salvador20200.0700.64
Equatorial Guinea202000
Estonia2020100100100
Eswatini202091.911000
Ethiopia202049.51
Finland2020100100
France202056.5456.54
Gabon2020000
Gambia202046.8690.650
Georgia2020000
Germany2020100100100
Ghana202091.0588.3695.68
Greece202032.7658.141.03
Guinea202066.78
Guinea-Bissau202042.861000
Guyana20205.948.350
Honduras2020000
Hungary2020100100100
Indonesia20201.2289.930
Iraq202010.6115.040
Ireland2020100100100
Italy2020100100100
Jordan202023.2361.6914.92
Kazakhstan202063.221000
Kenya202026.7535.910
Kyrgyzstan202027.2029.910
Lao People's Democratic Republic202092.92
Latvia202097.2910094.52
Lebanon202076.42
Lesotho2020501000
Libya202097.9697.96
Liechtenstein2020100100100
Lithuania202034.0625.6950.17
Luxembourg2020100100100
Malawi202061.4093.144.45
Malaysia20201.7313.220
Mali202075.3599.9160.67
Mexico202038.5749.6521.67
Mongolia2020100100100
Montenegro202066.6884.8020.19
Morocco2020000
Myanmar202020.0224.780
Namibia2020100100100
Netherlands2020100100100
Nicaragua20200
Niger202085.6689.3981.23
Nigeria2020100
North Macedonia202012.9413.2412.22
Norway202089.4589.4688.31
Panama20209.139.310
Paraguay202050.861000
Peru202014.11
Poland202055.6848.08100
Portugal2020100100
Qatar202000
Republic of Korea2020000
Republic of Moldova2020100100100
Romania2020100100100
Rwanda202047.901000
Senegal202035.211000
Serbia202089.6592.5173.73
Sierra Leone20207.027.02
Slovakia202080.9210021.94
Slovenia2020100100100
Somalia2020000
South Africa202094.9110045.12
Spain2020100100
Suriname2020000
Sweden2020100100100
Switzerland202090.2393.5074.11
Thailand2020100
Togo202060.1755.6376.02
Tunisia202080.470100
Turkmenistan202066.02
Uganda202084.9398.470
Ukraine202060.5957.41100
United Arab Emirates2020000
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland2020000
Uzbekistan202069.591000
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)20203.516.960
Viet Nam202030.460
World202058.0164.8641.80
Zambia202070.0376.790
Zimbabwe202069.9072.7643.73
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