GEF Danube/Black Sea Basin Strategic Partnership Interim Progress Report
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.
10 Jan 2014