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Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin-Phase I Project

The long-term development objective of the proposed Danube Regional Project is to contribute to sustainable human development in the DRB through reinforcing the capacities of the participating countries in developing effective mechanisms for regional cooperation and coordination in order to ensure protection of international waters, sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity. In this context, the proposed GEF Regional Project, being subdivided into two Phases, should support 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 ICPDR Joint Action Programme and the related investment programmes in line with the objectives of the DRPC. The overall objective of the Danube Regional Project is to complement the activities of the 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 transboundary ecological effects within the DRB and the Black Sea area. The Danube Regional Project, in its Phases 1 and 2, shall facilitate implementation of the Danube River Protection Convention in providing a framework for coordination, dissemination and replication of successful demonstration that will be developed through investment projects (World Bank-GEF Partnership Investment Facility for Nutrient Reduction, EBRD, EU programmes for accession countries etc.).

The specific objective of Phase 1, September 2001 - August 2003, is to prepare and initiate basin-wide capacity-building activities, which will be consolidated in the second phase of the Project. This second Phase will be implemented from September 2003 - August 2006, building up on the results archived in the first Phase. During the first Phase, altogether 20 project components with 80 activities will be carried out and thus establishing a solid base for the implementation of Phase 2.

Taking into account the basic orientations of the Danube/Black Sea Basin Strategic Partnership, the following project components can be designed to respond to the overall development objective:

(1) Creation of sustainable ecological conditions for land use and water management;

(2) Capacity building and reinforcement of transboundary cooperation for the improvement of water quality and environmental standards in the Danube River Basin;

(3) Strengthening of public involvement in environmental decision making and reinforcement of community actions for pollution reduction and protection of ecosystems;

(4) Reinforcement of monitoring, evaluation and information systems to control transboundary pollution, and to reduce nutrients and harmful substances.

Other (not set)



Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 1460
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 26 Nov 2001
End Date 30 Apr 2007
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 5,000,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 11,600,000
YES - See results data (1460)
Bosnia and Herzegovina , Bulgaria , Croatia , Czech Republic , Hungary , Moldova Republic of , Romania , Slovakia , Slovenia , Ukraine , Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Kari Eik Consultant
Ivan Zavadsky Executive Secretary
Peter Whalley Consultant
Sylvia Koch Office Manager
Aleksandar Nacev Project Task Team Leader
Andrew Hudson Head of Water & Ocean Governance