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 The Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia is the first effort led by the united Nations to catalogue and characterize transboundary surface and groundwater resources in the Middle East. It is a desk study by the united Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (bGR), which has been developed in close consultation with national, regional and international experts. Through the inter-governmental Committee on Water Resources and nominated focal points, ESCWA member countries have actively participated in the preparation of this Inventory, including the identification of shared basins, the compilation of information and the review of chapters.