River Basin Management in DRP

WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES?

1. SUPPORT FOR MEETING EU WFD REQUIREMENTS

The DRP contributed significantly to the completion of the Danube River Basin Analysis, through providing support for developing of analytical documents, as well as support for capacity building workshops and traings.

2. SUPPORT FOR DANUBE SUB-BASINS

DRP activities have supported the enhancement of Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) and implementation of the WFD at the sub-basin level, especially for the Sava and Tisza river basins as well as for the Prut River Basin.

3. TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR DANUBE RBM

Effective RBM begins with quality information about the status of the environment and pressures impacting it.  In the Danube Basin, technologies have continuously been enhanced by the DRP to provide the best information possible. This includes the following:

  • The Trans-National Monitoring Network’s (TNMN) providing an overall view of pollution and long-term trends in water quality and pollution loads in the major rivers of the Danube Basin, has been strengthened to meet the WFD’s strong requirements for monitoring.
  • Bottom sediments trapped behind Romania and Serbia’s ‘Iron Gates’ dam were sampled and tested for pollution including heavy metals, organics and nutrients. 
  • A support has been provided for development of ‘Inter-calibrated’ methods that are compliant with the WFD for sampling and assessing ‘macrozoobenthos’ - a ‘biological quality element’ that is one determinand of ‘good ecological status’ under the WFD. 
  • Development of a prototype for the Danube GIS was supported as one of the key issue important for WFD implementation.
  • The ‘MONERIS’ model is being enhanced to better estimate nutrient loads in rivers, to fill data gaps observed in monitoring programmes in the Danube Basin.

4. GRANTS FOR DANUBE NGOS

Some 130 financial grants were awarded to NGO projects in the Danube Basin through the DRP’s Small Grants Programme. Many of these were geared to strengthening or supporting Danube Basin RBM. 

5. PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA

‘15 Years of Managing the Danube River Basin: 1991 - 2006’: This colour brochure presents the key political decisions made related to building RBM in the Danube River Basin over 15 years and their results – from developing new programmes, institutions and the DRPC to environmental progress. Lessons learned in applying IRBM are presented with the hope of their transferability to other basins, as is the Danube outlook for the next 15 years. The document shows how a clear win-win situation resulted between the UNDP/GEF, ICPDR, EU and the Danube countries.

‘Thirteen countries, one river, one law’: This feature-length story presents how the Danube countries are taking steps to meet the EU WFD and clean up their waters in the Danube Basin. The story was printed in the June 2006 issue of Green Horizons, a magazine about the environment in Central and Eastern Europe published by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).

Stories have also been developed for the DRP sub-project dealing with testing sediment behind the Iron Gates, and for NGO projects on RBM that received DRP Small Grants.

 

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