UNDP/GEF Tisza MSP
Integrating multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains into improved transboundary management for the Tisza River Basin
Summary of the project
The MSP will implement two key components resulting in the following expected outcomes (1); the adoption of policies and legislation (zoning, land use, etc.) within the countries of the Tisza River Basin that promote the optimal use of wetlands / floodplains and other habitat for flood mitigation, nutrient retention, biodiversity enhancement and social amenity value consistent with the EU WFD and IWRM; and (2); demonstrations of effective floodplain management strategies including the adaptation to increased flood events as a consequence of fluctuating flow regime for, nutrient retention, habitat restoration, and flood management implemented at local level. These outcomes and project outputs of actual hectares of wetlands reconnected/restored/conserved will encourage the replication of these GEF-funded pilots as new approaches on the use of wetlands with their multiple environmental benefits throughout the region and with potential for global dissemination.
The MSP has two main objectives; (1) to integrate water quality, water quantity, land use, and biodiversity objectives within integrated water resources/river basin management (IWRM/RBM) under the legal umbrella of the EU and ICPDR, and; (2) to begin implementation of IWRM principles through the testing of new approaches on wetland and floodplain management through community-based demonstration. The community-level pilot activities will link to the development and implementation of an agreed river basin management plan following the principles of IWRM and tested at the regional/local level under the governance arrangements established for management of the Tisza River Basin. The integration of water quality and quantity management is considered to be a significantly innovative approach in the basin and the results of this will be utilised elsewhere in the Danube River Basin through catalytic policies and actions of the ICPDR.
Activities of the project
The Baseline activities of this MSP (funded by the Tisza River Governments, European Union and ICPDR ) include:
- Implementing the EU Water Framework Directive;
- Developing flood and drought management strategies;
- The development of a river basin management plan
The GEF Incremental cost activities (including activities funded UNDP) include:
- The implementation of pilot projects on wetlands and floodplain restoration and protection to deliver multiple benefits across GEF focal areas (including flood mitigation, nutrient retention, biodiversity enhancement, etc.) supporting the mainstreaming of this approach into national policy promoting floodplains protection for a wide range of uses.
- Involvement of local communities in delivering multiple benefits towards integrated land and water management
- The integration of water quality, water quantity, land use, and biodiversity objectives within integrated water resources/river basin management under the legal umbrella of the EU and ICPDR to ensure sustainability;
- The development of a replication strategy for elsewhere in the region and globally.
- Promoting the benefits of involvement of a wide range of ministries/sectors in the protection and maintenance of the environment through active participation of inter-ministerial committees.
- Catalyzing development of the Tisza Group’s new integrated mission at operational level under an effective functioning of a sustainable regional institution for management of the Tisza River Basin under the authority of the ICPDR’s process of implementing integrated management plans in sub-basins.
Activities related to Component 1
Integration of water quality, water quantity, land use, and biodiversity objectives within integrated water resources/river basin management under the legal umbrella of the EU and ICPDR
- Activity 1(i) – Development of strategies for reducing pollution in the Tisza River Basin
- Activity 1(ii) – Development of a flood and drought mitigation strategy
- Activity 1(iii) – Combination of Tisza River Basin Strategies into an Integrated River Basin Management Plan
- Activity 1(iv) – Dissemination and replication strategy for Component 1
Activities related to Component 2
Implementation of IWRM principles through the testing of new approaches on wetland and floodplain management through community-based demonstration
- Activity 2(i) – Identification of potential demonstration projects
- Activity 2(ii) – Agreement via stakeholder workshop on priority projects to be implemented
- Activity 2(iii) – Implementation of demonstration projects
- Activity 2(iv) – Feedback and presentation of results – final stakeholder workshop
- Activity 2(v) – Development of a replication strategy for Component 2
For the initiative of Ukraine Ministers of the Tisza River Basin will meet
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine and ICPDR with the contribution from the UNDP/GEF Tisza project are organizing the Tisza Ministerial Meeting, which will be held in Uzhgorod, Ukraine in April 2011. In the frame of the Tisza Ministerial Meeting the Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan will be adopted and discussion will be take place on key results that have been achieved to date in improving Tisza water quality and management as well as exploring common approaches towards integrated water resource management in the Tisza River Basin. Particular attention will be given to strategies for nutrient reduction, improvement of waste management, integration on land use and water management and reduction on accident risk.
Final Stakeholder meeting of the UNDP/GEF Tisza project
Back to back with the Tisza Ministerial Meeting and the 16th Tisza Group meeting the Final Stakeholder meeting of the UNDP/GEF Tisza project will be organized between 12 April – 13 April in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. The Final Stakeholder meeting of the UNDP/GEF Tisza project aiming to present the achievements of the project to national and regional policy makers and other stakeholders. The expectation is to assist in identifying that means to sustain and further replicate the lessons and experiences from the work of UNDP/GEF Tisza Project and to assist the future work of the Tisza Group and other co-operating bodies.
Consultation process on the draft Integrated Tisza River Management Plan concluded!
Until 20 August 2010, the draft Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan was available for commenting.
The comments and feedback received will now be evaluated and included in the final Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan.
The final document was approved by the ICPDR in December 2010.
Regional Integration Workshops of the Demonstration Projects
In June 2010 three Integration workshops were organized in three countries: "Integrated Land Development Project workshop" in Nagykörü, Hungary, 14-15 June 2010; "Upper Tisza Project workshop" in Solotvino, Ukraine, 24-26 June 2010; and "Bodrog Project workshop" in Zemplinska Sirava, Slovakia, 29-30 June 2010. The three events were aiming to strengthen the understanding of linkages between the developing Integrated Tisza River Mangement Plan and the demonstration projects and facilitated discussion between the different stakeholder groups, sectors and different areas of expertises.
For more details please visit the websites of the demonstration projects.
Make your stake by August 20, 2010! The draft plan on the integrated river basin management on the Tisza River Basin is ready!
After several years of planning the draft plan on the integrated river basin managment on the Tisza River Basin - shared by Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine- is ready! We invite you to make your stake!
Provide your comments in written by August 20, 2010 to the icpdrunvienna [dot] org
Integrating Land and Water Management in the Tisza River Basin, 26 - 27 April 2010, Szolnok, Hungary
Hungary, the ICPDR, UNDP-GEF and EC, DG ENV-D.1 had jointly organized a workshop on "Integrating land and water management to reduce impacts of floods and droughts on water status in the Tisza River Basin District" on 26 – 27 April 2010 in Szolnok, Hungary. If interested, please visit the webpage of the workshop (see Related Links).
ICPDR Ministerial Meeting, 16 February 2010, Vienna, Austria
On the 16th February in Vienna ministers and high-level representatives responsible for water management from the Danube River Basin countries joined and discussed about the achievements and future needs/actions related to the Danube River Basin. In the frame of the high level Ministerial meeting - hosted by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)- Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and the European Commission have endorsed the ‘Danube Declaration’. In addition, ministers and high-level representatives from Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine adopted the `Ministerial Statement towards the development and implementation of a River Basin Management Plan for the Tisza River Basin’. The related documents can be downloaded from below.
1st UNDP/GEF Tisza MSP Stakeholder meeting in November 2009
On 13th November 2009 the 1st UNDP/GEF Tisza MSP Stakeholder meeting was organised with the support of the UNDP. The purpose of this workshop was to highlight the activities underway in three demonstration projects across the Tisza River Basin that are addressing the management of water quality and quantity. These demonstration projects would provide valuable ideas to the development of an Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan that is currently the focus of the ICPDR Tisza Group.
The presentations of the Stakeholder meeting can be downloaded from below.
- Final Summary Brochure of the UNDP/GEF Tisza project and Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan - 2011 August (21.57 MB)
- UNDP GEF TiSZA MSP BROSCHURE (1.8 MB)
- Experience note - Development and Endorsement of an International River Basin Management Plan (1.62 MB)
- Experience note - Plastic waste – a very visible indicator of pollution (3.58 MB)
Tisza Group, Memorandum of Understanding (2011) (135.06 KB) "Strengthening of Tisza River Basin cooperation: Towards the implementation of the Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan supporting the sustainable development of the region"
- 2010 - MINISTERIAL STATEMENT TOWARDS THE DEVELOPEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RBM PLAN FOR THE TISZA BASIN (60.99 KB)
Danube Declaration 2010 (89.35 KB) Ministerial Declaration 2010.
- Presentations of the 1st Stakeholder meeting of the UNDP/GEF Tisza MSP (19.9 MB)
- Documents for the 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UNDP GEF Tisza MSP (2.52 MB)
- Project Overview Presentation (1.09 MB)
- Workplan Presentation (1.8 MB)
- UNDP/GEF Contributions Presentation (2.24 MB)
Call for Project Ideas (478.66 KB) Call for project ideas in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine in the frame of the UNDP/GEF project "Integrating multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains into improved transboundary management for the Tisza River Basin"
Inception Report - 1st PSC minutes (708.78 KB) Integrating multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains into improved transboundary management for the Tisza River Basin 2008 July
- Annexes to the Inception Report (2.58 MB)
- Short listed project ideas (1.73 MB)
- Mid -Term Evaluation Report - 2009 (595.66 KB)
- Presentation of the 2nd Project Steering Committee Meeting (2.43 MB)
- Minutes of the 2nd Project Steering Committee Meeting (481.47 KB)
- Final Stakeholder Meeting - PPTs 1 (17.45 MB)
- Final Stakeholder Meeting - PPTs 2 (11.73 MB)
- Summary Minutes of the Final Stakeholder Meeting (646.29 KB)
- Final Terminal Evaluation of the UNDP/GEF Tisza project - 2011 (1.04 MB)
Covering an area of 157,186 km², the Tisza River Basin is the largest sub-basin of the Danube River Basin. The Tisza River is the longest tributary of the Danube (966 km), and second largest in terms of flow after the Sava. The countries of the Tisza Basin (Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia) agreed to close transboundary co-operation, aiming to achieve integrated water resources management of the Basin.
At the first ministerial meeting of the ICPDR countries held in December 2004, ministers and high-level representatives of the five Tisza countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding, establishing the ICPDR Tisza Group for coordination as well as implementation of an international integrated Tisza River Basin cooperation under the umbrella of the ICPDR. After 15 years of successful cooperation the ICPDR Tisza Group will focus on the implementation of the updated ITRBMP.
Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovakia and Hungary share the responsibility for the Tisza river basin and undertook jointly activities towards the implementation of the EU Water Freamwork Directive and the EU Flood Directive. These efforts were supported by the European Union in the frame of the TISAR 2007 and led to good results.
After two year of joint planning the draft Plan on the Integrated River Basin Managment on the Tisza River Basin - shared by Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine - is available. Valuable comments and inputs were collected in the public consultation process until 20 August 2010. These are currently under consideration for integration in the final Plan.
» Integrated Land Development Project - Component 2 - UNDP/GEF Tisza MSP - ILD to improve land use and water management efficiency in the Tisza basinIntegrated land development is a key of sustainable resource management and should be tested in a pilot project in Hungary. The outcomes of the project will also be disseminated in Serbia and Romania and should give the principle of integrated land development a boost in the Tisza River Basin.
» Upper Tisza demonstration Project - Component 2 - UNDP/GEF Tisza MSP - Selected measures for integrated land and water managementProjects should have a clear impact on the livelihood of local people - this is especially true for the UNDP/GEF project “Integrating multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains into improved trans-boundary management for the Tisza River Basin”. This pilot project is currently carried out on the Upper Tisza, in a village literally divided by the Tisza into two countries.
» Bodrog demonstration Project - Component 2 - UNDP/GEF Tisza MSP - Making space for water in the Bodrog River BasinThe Bodrog River Basin makes part of the Tisza River Basin and is shared by Slovakia, Hungary and Ukraine. Environmental problems and flood damages are increasing and putting pressures on the people - high time for a project of the UNDP / GEF to promote multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains.
ICPDR Danube Watch: The new riverbank at Hainburg
ICPDR Danube Watch: The new riverbank at Hainburg
ICPDR Danube Watch: As the Danube River Basin Management Plan heads for adoption, the five countries sharing its largest sub-basin – the Tisza River Basin – enter the last stretch towards an even more advanced and detailed integrated water management plan.