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Capacity Building and Transboundary Cooperation for the Danube Basin

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All reports produced during Phase 1
FileAssistance for Bosnia & Herzegovina on WFD Compliant Monitoring – Towards WFD compliant Monitoring in BiH - Fi by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The purpose of this assignment was to draft a way forward for the entire process towards WFD compliant monitoring in BiH. Monitoring is not regarded as an isolated issue, links to and synergies with other aspects of WFD implementation have been emphasised. This document proposes a general strategy in chapter 1, describes technical and managerial details for 9 main lines of activity in chapter 1 and visualises the time schedule and interrelations in chapter 0. Annexes provide additional material and earlier documents.
FileStrengthening of Inter-Ministerial Coordination Mechanisms for Water Management in the Danube River Basin and the Black Sea Countries: Current Inter-Ministerial Coordination Mechanisms by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This Report on Current Inter-Ministerial Coordination Mechanisms of the UNDP – GEF project “Strengthening Inter-Ministerial Coordination Mechanisms for Water Management in the Danube River Basin and the Back Sea Countries” (Inter-ministerial Project - IMCM) has been developed on the basis of the Inception Report and refined work plan. The IMCM project is in response to a recommendation of the Stocktaking Meeting of the GEF Strategic Partnership (November 2004, Bucharest, Romania) as well as the Mid-Term Evaluation of the BSERP "to help the Black Sea Commission and Black Sea Countries meet their commitments under the Bucharest Convention and Odessa Declaration".
FileSetting Up of Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Mechanisms for the Pollution Control: Evaluation of Results of National Reports by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The present report describes and analyses the existing coordinating mechanisms for water management and pollution control in all Danube countries except for EU member states (Germany and Austria) and for Slovenian. Based on the analysis, the reports provides proposals for improving of existing and for setting up of new inter-ministerial co-coordinating mechanisms with the aim to reinforce the development and implementation of and compliance with national policies and legislation for nutrient reduction, pollution control and sustainable water management.
FileFinal Report Support for TNMN and EMIS Inventory Harmonization by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Project Component 2.2: Development of operational tools for monitoring, laboratory and information management with particular attention to nutrients and toxic substances.
FileFinal Report Support for TNMN and EMIS Inventory Harmonization by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Executive Summary
FileOrientation on environmental quality standards for nutrients and other Danube specific priority substances by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Chapter 1 - In its original settings, the activities under the project tasks 2.1 and 2.2 envisaged to develop (2.1) a proposal on water quality objectives for nutrients in line with requirements of EU WFD, and (2.2) a proposal on water quality standards for toxic substances from the Danube River Protection Convention list of priority substances.
FilePreparation of a proposal for connection/operational link of the data collected during the Joint Danube Survey into ICPDR Information System, with particular attention to biological database by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Chapter 2 - The Joint Danube Survey (JDS) was carried out in August and September 2001 and provided complex information on the chemical and microbiological water quality as well as on the biodiversity in the main course of the Danube River and its major tributaries. The JDS was the most comprehensive survey ever performed in the Danube River Basin yielding information on a wide range of chemical pollutants in water, sediments, suspended solids and mussels matrices, aquatic flora and fauna and biological indicators. The survey generated data and information necessary for the ecological and chemical surface water status characterization in line with the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). A geo-morphological division of the Danube River Basin (DRB) was proposed and evaluated using the obtained data. The scientif ic outputs of the JDS were used for development of the Danube List of Priority Substances and also for the upgrade of the TNMN. Next to the printed and electronic version of the JDS Technical Report, the results were also summarized in a web-based database designed for the use by water management experts. Biological and GC-MS screening databases were established in the Danube River Basin for the first time.
FileAnalysis of the results of the EMIS inventory and their comparison with TNMN and JDS results with particular attention to the EU Priority List of Pollutants by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Chapter 3 - The main objective of this activity was to prepare a background material for future harmonization of the ICPDR databases (EMIS, TNMN). Therefore, a comparative analysis of determinands (i) included in the EMIS inventories/database, (ii) routinely measured in the TNMN and (iii) analysed within the Joint Danube Survey (JDS) was made. A particular attention was given to a comparison with the determinands from the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) List of Priority Substances. The analysis made also a comparison with the recently agreed provisional Danube List of Priority Substances.
FileDevelopment of the Danube List of Priority Substances and SOPs for newly included determinands by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Chapter 4 - The main objective of this activity was to develop the Danube List of Priority Substances, based on the EU List of Priority Substances, determinands of TNMN and JDS; and taking into account the results of Phare project ZZ-97-25 Component VI in line with work of EMIS EG on this topic. However, the activities concerning developing the Danube List of Priority Substances had started long time before the Danube Regional Project began and the list was finalized by the ICPDR during course of the project. Therefore, a summary is provided of the activities performed and milestones achieved. Moreover, general recommendations are given for the follow-up actions.
FileFive-years Report on Water Quality in the Danube River Basin Based on Trans-National Monitoring Network by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Chapter 5 - The objective of this report was to assess water quality in Danube River basin, including classification and identification of spatial and temporal changes. The basis for assessment is data on physicochemical and biological determinands collected in the frame of TNMN in five-years period 1996 – 2000.
FileDevelopment of a methodological concept for assessment of environment stress and impacts as a basis for preparation of a computer-based application for stress-impact analysis by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
In this activity a concept for a computer based application was developed assessing the relation between a pressure (the emission of a pollutant by a point source) and the downstream increase of the concentration of a pollutant (“state”). For this concept the use of existing databases (EMIS, TNMN) and existing models or modules from these models (MONERIS, DBAM, DWQM) was considered.
FilePreparation of Reference Materials for Analytical Quality Control in the Water Laboratories: First Sediment by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Objective: Ensure the reliability and comparability of monitoring results during the implementation of the transnational water quality monitoring (TNMN) in the Danube river basin (DRB) by providing appropriate reference materials (RM) for analytical quality Control (AQC).
FilePreparation of Reference Materials for Analytical Quality Control in the Water Laboratories - Second Sediment by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Objective: Ensure the reliability and comparability of monitoring results during the implementation of the transnational water quality monitoring (TNMN) in the Danube river basin (DRB) by providing appropriate reference materials (RM) for analytical quality Control (AQC).
FilePreparation of Reference Materials for Analytical Quality Control in the Water Laboratories: Report on the Stability Testing and Conclusions by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Objective: Ensure the reliability and comparability of monitoring results during the implementation of the transnational water quality monitoring (TNMN) in the Danube river basin (DRB) by providing appropriate reference materials (RM) for analytical quality Control (AQC).
FileDevelopment of operational tools for monitoring, laboratory and information management - Inception Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This project represents an activity within the DRP's objective of “Reinforcement of monitoring, evaluation and information systems to control transboundary pollution, and to reduce nutrients and harmful substances” and aims primarily to assist the ICPDR's Monitoring, Laboratory and Information Management Expert Group (MLIM EG) with the development (or upgrade) of operational tools necessary for the water quality management.
FileDevelopment of Operational Tools for Monitoring, Laboratory and Information Management - Objective 1 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The objective of the assignment on Development of operational tools for monitoring, laboratory and information management is the following: - To review the current TNMN network taking into account the requirements of the ICPDR and to provide a recommendation for the upgrade of the TNMN in line with the WFD and other drivers including developments on data reporting at a European level (e.g. Water Information System for Europe – WISE); - To develop a biological monitoring database in line with the recommendations of the ICPDR's MLIM EG; and, - To prepare harmonised water quality objectives and standards for nutrients leading to an agreed water classification system (compliant with the WFD) for the Danube River Basin.
FileDevelopment of Operational Tools for Monitoring, Laboratory and Information Management - Objective 3 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) expects Member States to define type-specific water quality standards for quality elements like nutrients. An inventory of the current state in a number of Member States as well as in international initiatives like REBECCA showed that no ‘ready and easily applicable’ methods for doing so are available yet, maybe with exception of a 1st draft method developed in Austria in 2005. This Austrian proposed 1st draft method essentially uses the following approach. The physicochemical monitoring data of (different types of) water bodies are combined with their (WFDcompatible) quality status according to the Saprobic Index of the benthic invertebrate fauna. By pooling the actual physico-chemical monitoring data per (type of) water body and quality class (‘high’, ‘good’, ‘moderate’), the resulting 90th percentile statistical values are proposed to represent the boundaries between high/good either good/moderate status. Therewith serving the purpose of providing WFD-compliant type-specific water quality standards.
FileDevelopment of Operational Tools for Monitoring, Laboratory and Information Management - Objective 2 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The database development was based on the already available TNMN and JDS databases of the ICPDR. The main aims of this development project was the upgrade of taxa coding to incorporate current results of projects on the European level (AQEM, STAR, Euro-limpacs), improvement of data input tools and enhancement of the query functionalities.
FileAssessment of TNMN and identification of data gaps - DBAM Upgrade by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
WL | Delft Hydraulics has been invited by the UNDP–GEF Danube Regional Project to provide an update of the Danube Basin Alarm Model (DBAM) and to utilise the outputs from the Danube Water Quality Model (DWQM) to identify any significant gaps in data that could assist the review of the TNMN that is currently being undertaken. The present document provides the results of this assignment.
FileSupport for the Extension of Accident Risk Spots Inventory and Preventive Measures by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The project, which will be described in the following, is consisting of two major tasks aimed at an: · upgrade of the accidental risk spot (ARS) inventory, which was performed in 2001 by the experts of the ICPDR and · an assessment and prioritisation of old contaminated sites (OCS) in flood risk areas
FileNational Inventory of February 2003 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Annex 1 - 5
FileRecommendation on Safety Requirements for Contaminated Sites in Flood Risk Areas - Annex 6 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Sites contaminated as a result of industrial activities and former waste disposal operations represent a potential danger for the environment. This is especially true of sites contaminated by hazardous substances which could be mobilised and enter water bodies in the event of a flood. The dramatic floods in recent years at Elbe, Danube and Oder rivers have shown that the release of toxic substances from contaminated sites may cause significant harm to water bodies in Europe. A first survey of potentially contaminated sites in the Danube catchment, initiated by the ICPDR, has shown the relevance of this problem for the Danube river basin and has emphasized the need for further action. For this reason the ICPDR decided to work out safety requirements for contaminated sites located in flood-risk areas in order to improve the safety level of those sites. Beyond the scope of these requirements the ICPDR wishes to draw attention to the relevance of the precautionary principle: Countries should establish the policy framework and take the measures necessary to prevent any future contamination of sites in areas prone to flooding.
FileDraft Check Lists for the Investigation and Risk Assessment of Contaminated Sites in Flood Risk Areas - Annex 7 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
These checklists will serve as a hand guide for a first visit in properties, which are containing suspected sites to be contaminated by substances being hazardous to water. Within a staged processing the checklists aim at a pre assessment of the risk potential in properties and a first investigating visit to evaluate suspected contaminated sites and to complete the data base for those sites.
FileMethodology for the Pre Assessment of Suspected Contaminated Sites in Flood Risk Areas in the Danube River Basin - Annex 8 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Contaminated sites caused by former industrial activities pose a potential danger for the environment; especially contaminated sites containing hazardous substances which could lead to a significant contamination of water bodies, if the substances will be mobilised (e.g. floods). During the last years the dramatic floods at Elbe, Danube and Oder have shown that the toxic impact of those contaminated sites could cause a significant harm to water bodies in Europe. For that reason the ICPDR decided to draw up a basin wide inventory of contaminated sites (CS) in flood risk areas in the Danube river basin.
FileUNDP – GEF Danube Regional Project Proposal for a Pilot Project on Actual Risk Assessment of ARS - Annex 10 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Since the two accidents occurred at mining installations in Baia Mare and Baia Borsa in January and February 2000 basin inventory of potential accidental risk spots were carried out on behalf of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Objective of this inventory was the Identification and preliminary ranking of potential accidental risk spots based on estimated water risk equivalents (WRC 3-equivalents) and calculated water risk index. About 650 risk spots were recorded and 620 were evaluated. As a result it could be identified a hazardous equivalent of about 6,6 Mio tons in the Danube catchment area. Emphasis was to point out the potential danger and not the actual danger.
FilePilot studies on Know How Transfer for the Safety Measures of CS by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Annex 11
FileUNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project: Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project started in 2001 with the long-term development objective to contribute to sustainable human development in the Danube River Basin through reinforcing the capacities of the participating countries in developing effective mechanisms for regional co-operation and co-ordination in order to ensure protection of international waters, sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity. In this context, the Project supports the ICPDR, its structures and the participating countries in order to ensure an integrated and coherent implementation of the Strategic Action Plan 1994 (SAP 1994), the Common Platform and the forthcoming Joint Action Plan and the related investment programmes in line with the objectives of the Danube River Protection Convention (DRPC). The overall objective of the Danube Regional Project is to complement the activities of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River basin (ICPDR) required to provide a regional approach and global significance to the development of national policies and legislation and the definition of priority actions for nutrient reduction and pollution control with particular attention to achieving sustainable trans-boundary ecological effects within the Danube river basin and the Black Sea area.
FileInception report: Activities for Accident Prevention – Pilot Project – Refineries UNDP-GEF Danube Regional Project by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Under 2.1 Project Inception Phase of the “Terms of Reference” (Nov. 2004) the preparation “of a detailed inception report giving the details of the execution of the project within 1 month of contract signing” is expected. This paper is written to meet this requirement. The activities are attributed to the quarters of the years 2005 and 2006 (e.g. Q1/06 = period from January 1st through March 31st, 2006).
FileActivities for Accident Prevention - Pilot Project - Refineries (RER/03/G31/A/1G/31) - Final Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The concept of the project is the fact that compared to the EU standards, the technological and organizational level of the plant safety in eastern European countries present considerable deficiencies. Such kind of deficits lead already in these countries to severe environmental damages, respectively cover-up the potential of short or medium term, inevitable, environment hazards.
FileFinal Report for UNDP/GEF Danube Region Project by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The aim of this project was to develop methodologies for assessment and ranking of the risks from contaminated sites in potential flood risk areas within the Danube River Basin and to develop Checklists for site inspections of high risk contaminated sites.
FileSurvey Report on the ICPDR Information System by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The survey was carried out among the users of the ICPDR Information System in order to assess the hardware and software equipment, network connection and the users’ experience with computers, the internet and the ICPDR Information System. The survey consisted of two electronic questionnaires and two automated system tests. The survey results were collected in the database of the ICPDR Information System. The analysis was also generated from the database.
FileUNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin - Final Report Development of a Strategy and Concept of Reporting by the ICPDR by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The objective of this assignment is to propose an overall concept/strategy of reporting by the ICPDR, taking into account the reporting obligations under the Danube Convention, investment activities and policy measures identified in the ICPDR-JAP and the DABLAS Task Force. This assignment is not addressing a concept/strategy for reporting obligations by the CP to each other, but addresses specifically the role of the Commission, supported by the Secretariat, in reporting to the CP and the public. The recommended concept and strategy should be feasible and affordable also after 2006. This report presents the results of this assignment.
FileUNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project: Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin - Final Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This report gives an overview on the given tasks, taken activities and produced outputs for the project component 2.4 “Support for Reinforcement of the ICPDR Information System – DANUBIS”.
FileAssessment of the ICDPR Information System – Danubis by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project, which is a partner of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), contracted UNEP/GRID-Geneva to review and evaluate the existing ICPDR information system (IS) called “Danubis“, to define its strengths and weaknesses in order to give guidance and recommendations for its further development. The work carried out is based on research on their audiences, contents and an understanding of the project’s strategic focus. The main emphasis of the evaluation was placed on the „Internal working area“ of the IS, but includes also the public part.
FileRestructing of the ICPDR Information System by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The objective of this report is to propose changes in architecture and functionality of ICPDR Information System to improve overall efficiency of work and satisfaction of users. The main focus is on the internal part of the system.
FileICPDR Information System Danubis 1.0:Reconstruction Analysis version 1.0 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project supports the ICPDR in redesigning and reconstruction of present Information System Danubis, which serves as an information Portal for both internal and external users. The new portal will replace the existing information system and introduce a range of new and modified features. Primary goals of the project to analyze and make recommendations.
FileImproving the Understanding of the Danube River Impact on the Status of the Black Sea by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
For the first time, this report makes use of available data to assess the impact of the Danube River on the North Western Shelf of the Black Sea and examines the pragmatism of a series of environmental indicators, originally agreed by the Black Sea-Danube Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) for doing this. The inability to establish baseline (reference) conditions meant that rather than a true impact assessment, a spatial ‘state of the environment’ comparative approach had to be adopted.
FileGEF Danube/Black Sea Basin Strategic Partnership Interim Progress Report by admin — last modified Jan 10, 2014 11:11 AM
This paper consists of a short summary of progress at mid-term in implementation of the Strategic Partnership. Several annexes produced by the Implementing Agencies include the details on achieving partnership objectives, positive environmental responses in the Danube River and the Black Sea, and specific outcomes from the mid-term Stocktaking meeting. While the series of GEF International Waters projects in the Danube/Black Sea basin since 1991 can not take overall credit for the measurable improvement in water quality, the countries and partners have underscored GEF’s important catalytic role in bringing all 16 countries together to focus on national actions needed for the transboundary water system and in calling for attention as part of EU Accession on the needed transboundary reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. In fact, the EU highlighted the Danube program as a model for transboundary waters governance in its report to the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development in April 2005.
FileTrends in nutrient loads from the danube river and Trophic Status of the Black Sea by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This briefing note brings together available data on trends in Danube River flows, concentrations and loads to the Black Sea, in addition to an assessment of the Sea itself, concentrating on the NW shelf where the Danube discharges. The available data are complex, open to a range of interpretations and sometimes even contradictory1, but the overall picture that emerges is one of a situation that is beginning to improve.
FileQuality Guidelines for Training and Consultation Workshops by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Workshops and training activities are key tools for achieving the objectives of the UNDP/GEF project "Strengthening Implementation Capacities for Transboundary Cooperation and Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River Basin" (i.e. the Danube Regional Project) in both Phase 1 (2002-2003) and Phase 2 (2004-2006) of project implementation. Whereas workshops and training are essential for a variety of purposes e.g. consultation, information dissemination, strategy development, capacity building etc. it is our experience that the full potential benefit is not always achieved because of insufficient preparation and execution. Given this, these Workshop Guidelines have been prepared for the Danube Regional Project by its Training specialist, Holger Nauheimer.
FileEssential Facilitation Skills by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Facilitation of meetings demands mastery of a lot of skills. Just knowing a set of moderation tools is certainly not enough. You would not like a graduated medical student with a major in surgery to perform an operation on your heart! On the other side, you might accept his assistance under the supervision of an experienced doctor. The same refers to facilitation skills. Learning is about practise and reflection. Alfred Bandura, one of the leading researchers on learning processes, has developed a simple model which helps you to understand what happens if you start to master a new skill1. It works under the assumption that the objective of apprenticeship is to acquire unconscious competence in parts of your capabilities.
FileICPDR Open-Space Workshop by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Workshop has been prepared by Instinct Domain. This report is a compilation of results of the 15 Working Groups, with participation of the ICPDR Heads of Delegations.
FileGuidelines for Preparation of Final Reports and Documents by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The Danube Regional Project is implementing more than 20 components, that are mostly carried out by different professional consultants and consultancy companies. A large number of documents are being produced to present the project work and project outputs. A specific layout of the reports was developed as a part of the project corporate identity, that will also allow easier further processing and distribution of the documents. A certain level of consistency is needed also in the content of reports.
FileHarmonisation and Streamlining the ICPDR Reporting and Information Collection Needs in Line with EU Directives and National Obligations by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The work described in this report is aimed at providing a critical review of the ICPDR's future reporting and information requirements leading to the preparation of an agreed paper for discussion at a meeting with Danube Country representatives. This review reflects the reporting and information systems available within the ICPDR and its Expert Groups and the current and forthcoming requirements of the European Commission’s and the European Environment Agency’s reporting needs and the movement towards a shared water information system for Europe (WISE). Recommendations are made and the benefits of these are explained.
FilePhase – Out of the Danube Regional Project by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This paper provides strategy recommendations for the Danube Regional Project (DRP), and the International Commission for Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). The DRP will come to a close in early 2007. It is important that prior to that time, the ICPDR is in a position to sustain the programmes and activities that it views to be central to its mission. It is also important for the ICPDR and DRP to coordinate closely their activities during 2006 to fully utilise the remaining GEF funding in ways that both accomplish DRP objectives and enhance ICPDR sustainability. This report discusses exit strategy / sustainability options.
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