Water Management

Sustainable water resources management and transboundary water issues

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the REC launched a project to accelerate the more sustainable use of regional water resources and to promote a strategic approach to climate change adaptation by identifying best water management practices; demonstrating successful replication strategies; and disseminating and promoting these best practices and strategies among practitioners, decision makers and the public. By providing a platform for building skills and transferring knowledge on integrated water resources management (IWRM) and climate change adaptation, the REC is also fostering a common understanding among water practitioners and stakeholders on regional water issues and strengthening skills for dealing with the impacts of climate change on water resources. (http://watersum.rec.org/waterport/)

In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo* the REC worked on strengthening public participation and environmental governance in order to address the issue of the management of shared natural resources and cross-border cooperation and dialogue in the management of the transboundary water resources of the Lepenec River.

With 10 partners, the REC carried out a detailed assessment of the effectiveness, costs and benefits of natural water retention measures (NWRM) with the main aim of integrating NWRM in river basin management. The REC created and led the Danube region network and contributed to the development of an electronic catalogue of NWRM and a practical guide to support the design and implementation of NWRM in Europe. (www.nwrm.eu)

In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the REC continued its support to improve cooperation on environmental planning and management in the water sector by implementing a project on cross-border water resources management, targeting the upgrading of water supply systems in municipalities.

The REC was actively engaged in the frameworks of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the Sava Commission and the UNECE Water Convention.

Adaptation to the impacts of climate change on water resources

The REC is a member of the WATER CoRe Action Group, one of the active partners of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. The work of the WATER CoRe Action Group for the regional governance of water scarcity and drought issues centres around the implementation of regional action plans that are intended to improve water governance in practice, with a focus on connecting institutions in different domains and at different scales. Following the end of the WATER CoRe project, the REC as regional focal point on water scarcity and drought issues continued to share existing knowledge with key target groups and to make information accessible to all regional and local actors, allowing them to create their own tailor-made approaches.

In Albania, the REC developed a regional flood management framework, including at least nine communal flood management plans and the implementation of the first flood mitigation and prevention measures.

Capacity building and awareness raising

As part of a consortium, the REC supports Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in their efforts to improve the ecological status of selected transboundary rivers, and in the preparation and implementation of river basin management plans. As the leader of the public awareness and public involvement activities, the REC organised a series of stakeholder consultation workshops and developed e-learning videos on water monitoring/sampling. (http://blacksea-riverbasins.net/en/)

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Water Management

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