The BRIDGE, short for 'Building River Dialogue and Governance' project aims to build water governance capacities through learning, demonstration, leadership, and consensus-building, in particular in transboundary river basins. BRIDGE is financed by the Water Diplomacy Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

Since 2012, BRIDGE is implemented in 9 transboundary river basins:

  • South America: Zarumilla river (Ecuador-Peru), Catamayo-Chira river (Ecuador-Peru), Lake Titicaca basin (Peru-Bolivia)
  • Mesoamerica: Coatan river (Mexico-Guatemala), Goascoran river (Honduras-El Salvador), Sixaola river (Costa Rica-Panama)
  • Mekong region: Sekong (Vietnam-Lao PDR-Cambodia), Sre Pok (Vietnam-Cambodia), Sesan river (Vietnam-Cambodia)

Since 2014, following basins in Africa have been added to the BRIDGE project: 

  • West and Central Africa: Mano River (Liberia and Sierra Leone), Lake Chad (Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon)
  • Horn of Africa
  • Eastern Africa: Pungwe River (Mozambique and Zimbabwe), Lake Malawi/Niassa/Nyasa (Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique)