Water Management

The REC continued to make efforts to focus attention on water-related issues, embracing a broad range of stakeholder interests and concerns and with the ultimate goal of contributing to social and economic development and environmental protection. Tasks included disseminating the common principles of an integrated community policy on water, and strengthening efforts to improve the protection of waters in terms of quantity and quality.

Multi-stakeholder dialogue, coordination and cooperation

The TA contributed to the REC-organised Civil Society Forum (CSF) during the Budapest Water Summit in October. The forum was a valuable debate platform focusing on five water-related topics and provided contributions towards shaping the global post-2015 agenda, emphasising that water deserves its own, ambitious Sustainable Development Goal.

Jointly with riparian countries, the REC took an active role in the frameworks of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the Sava Commission and the UNECE Water Convention.

Transboundary challenges

Within the framework of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) and the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) component of the EU Water Initiative, the second phase of the programme for the development of a basin management plan for Lake Druksiai/Drisviaty,  situated between Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, was successfully implemented.

As part of a consortium, the REC supports Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in their efforts to improve the availability and ecological status of selected transboundary rivers, and the preparation and implementation of river basin management plans. In this process, the REC leads the public awareness and public involvement activities.

In partnership with the US Embassy in Croatia and the International Sava River Basin Commission, the REC developed transboundary ecotourism guidelines for the Sava River basin, providing guidance for strategic planning and the implementation of sectoral programmes and projects that may be relevant to sustainable river tourism.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a partner in the Dinaric Arc Sustainable Hydropower Initiative (DASHI), the REC contributed to securing favourable conditions for the recovery of wetland ecosystems in Hutovo blato Natural Park.

In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the REC worked to support countries to improve cooperation on environmental planning and management in the water sector by implementing a project on cross-border water resources management.

Mitigating the impacts of climate change on water resources

In the Carpathian region, the TA joined with the Climate Change and Clean Energy TA to assess the vulnerability of environmental resources and ecosystems to climate change and to promote adaptation measures, with a focus on water resources.

Jointly with 13 partners, the REC successfully finalised the WATER CoRe project, which addresses water scarcity and drought issues. As regional focal point, the REC continued to inform key target groups about the project and its results and products (learning materials and guidelines). In addition, the REC is a member of the WATER CoRe action group on the regional governance of water scarcity and drought issues, established in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Water.

CURRENT EVENTS: The REC supports Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in their efforts to improve ecological status of selected transboundary rivers

In the Flow – Issue 1
August 2013| Print

Budapest Water Summit Civil Society Forum
July 2013 | Online

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