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Public Participation and Awareness for Danube Basin

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All reports produced during this phase.
FileProject Output 3.1. Support for the Institutional Development of NGOs and Community Invovlement: Developing the DEF Network by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Under the long-term development objective of the Danube Regional Project, being financed by UNDP/GEF, and to contribute to sustainable development in the Danube River Basin, the component "Support for Institutional Development of NGOs and Community Involvement: Developing the DEF Network" aimed to fully developed platform of non-governmental organizations in the Danube River Basin. The support targeted to strengthen the Danube Environmental Forum (DEF) as umbrella organization, to enhance the network and its members’ capabilities to respond to transboundary pollution issues with a focus on nutrient reduction, and to empower the network to respond to current priority issues as well as those that may arise in the future.
FileDanube Environmental Forum: National Trainings on Wetland Restoration and Nutrient Reduction by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
In the framework of the DRP, eleven national trainings on nutrients and toxic reduction in the Danube River Basin were held in eleven countries in the period April-May 2003. Trainings were organised by the DEF National Focal Points based in each Danube country. The main target group was the NGO community. This report contains all national reports in alphabetical order. Additional information (agenda, lists of participants, training evaluations) are included as annexes to main document.
FileWetlands and Nutrient Reduction - Training Materials by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The training manual was developed in the framework of the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project “Strengthening the Implementation capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin”, under the Project component 3.1: Support for institutional development of NGOs and community involvement. This training manual was compiled as an output of the “International Training on wetland restoration and nutrient reduction” organized by Danube Environmental Forum in November 2002, in Vinicne, Slovakia. The training manual will serve as the basis for organizing “National trainings on wetland restoration and nutrient reduction” which will be organized by DEF National Focal Points in the spring of 2003 (DEF National trainings).
FileProtection of Drava Wetlands and the Rivers of Bednja and Plitvica in North-West Croatia: DEF Pilot Campaign in Croatia by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The inventory of the existing Drava wetlands and especially the confluences of the Bednja and Plitvica Rivers revealed the great value of these areas for the region’s biodiversity. The Bednja River tributaries and riverbed are habitats for otter, river crab, wild trout and other rare and protected species. The Plitvica riverbed has a number of beaver habitats, while rare and protected plant species are found on the riverbanks. The overall goal of the campaign was to raise the awareness of key local community groups about the value of river habitats and species, and initiate a stakeholder dialogue towards a sustainable development vision and framework for the project area.
FileZasavica Campaign 2005-2006: DEF Pilot Campaign in Serbia and Montenegro by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Campaign in Special Nature Reserve “Zasavica” was launched on November 10, 2005 by organising Stakeholder Meeting in Sremska Mitrovica. Meeting took place in Regional Economic Chamber with purpose of introducing the DRP Campaign. Main persons from local villages, municipality of Sremska Mitrovica and local NGO actively participated at the meeting. Representatives of Republic Directorate for Water / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, DEF SM and local media were present on that occasion as well.
FileStrengthening Consideration of Wetlands in the River Basin Management Planning: Fnal Report for the Danube Regional Project funded National Campaign in Slovakia by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
From June 2006 till January 2007 DAPHNE – Institute of Applied Ecology from Slovakia, member of Danube Environmental Forum, organized a DRP funded national campaign to raise awareness of water managers on wetlands values and functions in Slovakia. These managers and decision makers are the key persons which will be actually implementing or supervise the measures required under EU WFD. Inclusion of wetlands into river basin management thus largely depends on their awareness and knowledge. To properly address the target group local experts from national Slovak Water Management Enterprise state enterprise, Slovak Hydro-Meteorological Institute and other local experts were invited to design project activities. The main activities included regional workshops were potential of wetlands in solving water related issues in the river basins was emphasized. The impact of campaign on the target group was measured through introductory and final survey done on the sample representatives of the target group.
FileStrengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Trans-boundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This report was produced by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) as part of the Danube Regional Project (DRP), which was launched on December 1st, 2002 under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environmental Facility (UNDP-GEF). This report covers component 3.2 of the DRP – the ‘Small Grants Programme’ – which has the aim of strengthening and supporting NGO participation in Danube nutrient reduction by providing small project grants. This component is managed by the REC through its head office in Hungary, in cooperation with its offices in the Danube basin countries.
FileStrengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This report was produced by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) as part of the Danube Regional Project (DRP), which was launched on August 2005, as part of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environmental Facility (UNDP-GEF). This report covers the second round of granting of component 3.2 of the DRP – the ‘Small Grants Programme’ – which aims to strengthen and support NGO participation in Danube nutrient reduction by providing small grants for projects. This component is managed by the REC, through its head office in Hungary, in cooperation with its offices in the Danube basin countries.
FileNGO Small Grants Programme 2004-2005: Results of NGO Feed-back Mission, 8 – 15 March 2005 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Over the last years, UNDP/GEF projects in the Danube basin have included a number of NGO support programmes for improving public awareness, stakeholder cooperation and education on environment, specifically on nutrient pollution in the Danube basin. This is also one of the key components of the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project in its Phases 1 and 2. The execution of the NGO Small Grants Programme is delegated to the REC (Regional Environmental Centre), with its headquarter in Szentendre/HU and its national offices in DRB countries.
FileNGO SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME 2005-2007 NGO Feed-back and Project Assessment Missions – Autumn 2006 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
Objective of this assessment is • to gain information and a feed-back from NGOs on the progress and – if available – results of their projects, • to assess if and how these projects effectively (i.e. cost-efficiently, sustainably) contribute to the reduction of nutrient and toxic pollution of Danube basin waters. This refers to typical pollution problems (e.g. from agriculture) and model-like pollution prevention and remediation measures (lessons for DRP), and • to identify success stories attractive to be communicated by DRP.
FileNational Grants Programme (2nd Round): Guideline for Preparing Proposals for National DRP Grants by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The main scope of the DRP national grants is to facilitate intersectoral cooperation in the reduction of both point and non-point sources of nutrient and toxics pollution at the national level in the Danube basin.
FileRegional Grants Programme (2nd Round): Guidelines for Preparing Full Proposals for Regional DRP Grants by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy, not-for-profit organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The REC fulfils this mission by encouraging cooperation among non-governmental organisations (NGOs), governments, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, by supporting the free exchange of information and by promoting public participation in environmental decision-making.
FileDanube Regional Project: National Grants - 2nd Round by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), on behalf of the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project (DRP), hereby announces the second call for proposals to support nongovernmental organisation (NGO) projects related to the reduction of Danube River basin nutrient and toxic chemicals pollution at the national level.
FileDanube Regional: Project Regional Grants - 2nd Round by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), on behalf of the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project, hereby announces the second call for proposals to support non-governmental organisation (NGO) projects related to the reduction of Danube River basin nutrient and toxic chemicals pollution at the regional level. Regional grants are up to USD 35,000 each. In exceptional cases (proposals that involve more than three NGOs, require some form of construction or involve extended networking), the amount can exceed this limit by 50 percent (i.e. up to USD 50,000).
File15 Years of Managing the Danube River Basin 1991– 2006 by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
In 2007, the first International Waters regional programme to have received funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will end. Targeted in the Danube River Basin and begun in 1991, this programme is a flagship model of good practice for applying integrated river basin management (IRBM) to other transboundary river basins across the globe.
FileDanube River Basin Communications Strategy by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The long-term goal of the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project is, in short, to strengthen capacities of key Danube stakeholders and institutions to effectively and sustainably manage the Danube River Basin’s (DRB) water resources and ecosystems for citizens of Danube countries. In order to affect change in the DRB, citizens of the Danube must be motivated to take action. The purpose of this assignment was to identify those key groups of Danube stakeholders most interested and/or able to take action, and to motivate them to take action to protect the DRB. This Communication Strategy is designed to provide guidance on how to facilitate change through communication activities.
FileUpdated Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (2006): Based on EU Water Framework Directive Analysis Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
As the ‘most international river basin in the world’, the Danube River Basin has been subjected to considerable environmental pollution over many years. Whilst the main problems associated with this pollution were observed in the Black Sea northwest shelf, seen through the frequent anoxic events as resulting from nutrient and organic pollution, the majority of the Danube Basin has also been impacted, by nutrients, organic pollution, hazardous substance pollution and hydromorphological alterations (resulting in the loss of wetlands/floodplains and interrupting fish migration). The Danube River Basin has also been the subject of many investigations and studies funded by a wide range of organisations, with the GEF and the European Commission providing the most sustained inputs. In addition the countries of the Danube River Basin have actively supported and contributed to these investigations. These previous studies have resulted in a number of key assessments and recommendations, in particular a Strategic Action Plan (1994), Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (1999), a Joint Action Plan (2000) and most recently in compliance with the EU Water Framework Directive, a Danube River Basin Analysis (2005). This updated Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (2006) is based on the results of the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project and these previous assessments, most significantly, the 2005 Danube Basin Analysis/.
FileA Communications Planning Guide for International Waters Projects by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
If you are an International Waters Project Manager, or team member, and you want to know how to use communications to help achieve your project objectives - then this Guide is for you. Perhaps you’re not even 100% sure what communications means or even where to begin. Or maybe you already know quite a lot about communications, but you just like a few tips or insights from other Project Managers doing similar work in this area. This Guide was designed by International Waters project staff to help other projects find effective ways to improve the planning and implementation of their communications activities. The Guide is based on examples, case studies, and lessons, from a range of International Waters Projects from around the world, and it will help you to identify best-practices and avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.
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
Since 1991, efforts had been underway with European Union (EU) and GEF support to gradually reverse this situation in the Danube and the Black Sea Basin. Initial efforts focused on the Environmental Programme for the Danube River Basin (EPDRB) established in September 1991, geared to restore and protect the Danube River through a ‘Danube Environmental Programme’ and the eventual development of the ‘Danube River Protection Convention (DRPC)’. Soon after, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) was created to provide a regional approach to managing the Danube Basin. The project “Developing the Danube River Basin Pollution Reduction Program” (DPRP) represented the 1997-99 GEF contribution to phase two of the EPDRB. The DPRP supported the activities of the ICPDR and implementation of the DRPC. Key outputs included the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) to obtain a complete knowledge base for priority pollution loads and environmental issues in the Danube Basin and a revised Strategic Action Plan prepared as a review of policies for the protection of the Danube Basin.
FileEnhancing Access to Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro - 1st Progress Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This Report is prepared for component 3.4 of Objective 3 of the Danube Regional Project (phase 2). The overall focus under Objective 3 is to enhance awareness raising in civil society and reinforce the participation of NGOs and other interested parties in water management and pollution reduction (nutrients and toxic substances) with particular attention to trans boundary cooperation and river basin management in the context of the Water Framework Directive.
FileInception Report on Component 3.4 Danube Regional Project "Enhancing Access to Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making"in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This Inception Report is prepared for component 3.4 of Objective 3 of the Danube Regional Project (phase 2). The overall focus under Objective 3 is to enhance awareness raising in civil society and reinforce the participation of NGOs and other interested parties in water management and pollution reduction (nutrients and toxic substances) with particular attention to transboundary cooperation and river basin management in the context of the Water Framework Directive. Component 3.4 begins with an Inception Phase. The purpose of this initial phase of four months is to take the first steps in getting the project started and to take decisions on the activities that will take place in the second, implementation phase of the project. This report has two parts. The first part describes the inception phase. Not each and every step taken or decision made is mentioned in Part I of the report. The aim of Part I is to provide the project donors and those responsible for both the larger DRP and Component 3.4 with an overview of the most important steps taken, findings and decisions made in the first four months of the project. The second part of the report is dedicated to the Implementation Phase of the project. Part II starts with a detailed work plan, which indicates the different activities that will be undertaken and the different work products that are prepared for these activities or will result from them. The work plan also provides a detailed timeframe of when and how activities are undertaken and when and how work products are prepared. A following section on activities highlights some of the main activities and work products planned for the Implementation Phase, describing what these activities and products consist of and how the Consortium has envisioned they should take place. The last section for Part II indicates a minor budget reallocation, decided by the Consortium after reconsideration of one of its activities in the Implementation Phase.
FileEnhancing Access to Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro - 2nd Progress Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
This Report is prepared for component 3.4 of Objective 3 of the Danube Regional Project (phase 2). The overall focus under Objective 3 is to enhance awareness-raising in civil society and reinforce the participation of NGOs and other interested parties in water management and pollution reduction (nutrients and toxic substances) with particular attention to trans boundary cooperation and river basin management in the context of the Water Framework Directive. This report has three parts. The first part describes in detail the activities over the past five months since July 15, 2005 when the first progress report was filed. It does not deal with those activities which have been already covered in the Inception report submitted in December 2004 or the first progress report. Part I will provide the project donors and the overall DRP and ICPDR management with an overview of the most important steps taken, findings and decisions made, results achieved in the past five months of the project. The second part of the report describes the activities that will be undertaken in the next six months and the various work products or deliverables that are prepared for these activities or will result from them. Part II starts with a short description of these activities. It also provides an overview of the detailed work plan, which lists all the activities, those that have been already completed and those ahead, as well as the proposed changes in their timing. Part III includes a financial report for the period of June 1, 2005 and October 31, 2005, and a request for budget reallocation by the Consortium after consideration of the proposed country activities to be carried out by the project countries.
FileEnhancing Access to Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro - 4th Progress Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The purpose of Component 3.4 is to support emerging processes of improved public participation in environmental decision making, with emphasis on better access to environmental information and public participation in decision making on hot spot prevention and cleanup. The project built capacity in government officials who are the “front lines” of access to information and responsible for implementing public participation, using targeted training and technical assistance activities carefully tailored to the needs and circumstances of each country. National and local NGOs and the public involved in the Danube and water related issues were considered critically important stakeholders and partners of the officials. Engaging all of them actively in capacity building supports full and effective public involvement in planning in the context of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and cleanup and prevention of future Danube hot spots. As noted by the funder, these impacts should last long after the Danube Regional Project (DRP) has been completed. This Final Report which is also the 4th and last Progress report covers the period from the inception of the project in September 2004 through December 2006. An inception report followed by three progress reports chronicled the progress of the project in six month increments (the previous report was completed in June 2006).
FileEnhancing Access to Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro - 3rd Progress Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The purpose of Component 3.4 is to support emerging processes of improved public participation in environmental decision making, with emphasis on better access to environmental information and public participation in decision making on hot spot prevention and cleanup. The project builds capacity in government officials who are the “front lines” of access to information and responsible for implementing public participation, using targeted training and technical assistance activities carefully tailored to the needs and circumstances of each country. National and local NGOs and the public involved in the Danube and water-related issues are considered critically important stakeholders and partners of the officials. Engaging all of them actively in capacity building will support full and effective public involvement in planning in the context of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and cleanup and prevention of future Danube hot spots. As noted by the funder, these impacts should last long after the Danube Regional Project (DRP) has been completed. This report covers the period mid December 2005 through June 2006 (the previous report was completed in December 2005).
FileOverview of Public Participation, including Observers Status as Different International INSTITUTIONS - Final Report by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
In order to get a better idea of options and opportunities for public participation that may be used to improve its rules and procedures for public participation, including observership, the International Commission on the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) has requested the Consortium of New York University School of Law, Resources for the Future and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe to provide examples of public input and participation in other relevant institutions, including River Basin Commissions. This report was prepared in response to ICPDR’s request.
File'Flowing Freely' - How to Improve Access to Environmental Information and Enhance Public Participation in Water Management by admin — last modified May 06, 2010 01:15 PM
The DRPwas launched in 2001 as a part of a larger GEF Strategic Partnership for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube and Black Sea. 13 Danube countries, NGOs, the EU and the ICPDR are cooperating to improve the environment of the Danube River Basin, protect its waters and sustainably manage its natural resources. The DRP’s main goal is to strengthen the capacity of the ICPDR and Danube countries to cooperate in implementing the Danube River Protection Convention and EU Water Framework Directive. The key project activities focused on: i) Danube River Basin management; ii) agriculture pollution control through the application of best agricultural practices; iii) industrial and municipal activities, in particular advising on reduction of phosphates use in laundry detergents and assistance to water and wastewater utility managers with decision-making tools for pricing and investments; iv) enhancing public participation through supporting the Danube NGO network - DEF, awareness raising campaigns, a small grants program, capacity building for officials to implement the requirements of the EUWFD and supporting the ICPDR communication activities; v) wetlands restoration and management for nutrient reduction.
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