National Policy Dialogues on Integrated Water Resources Management (Support to the EU Water Initiative)

Project duration

2012-2015

Budget

€3.2 million

Brief Description

Improves coordination and cooperation between sectors with a view to favour water management policy reform processes and facilitate more effective development assistance in the water sector in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Countries covered: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan

Objectives

National Policy Dialogues on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) fall within the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia component of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI-EECCA). The project aims to improve coordination and cooperation between sectors with a view to favour water management policy reform processes and facilitate more effective development assistance in the water sector.

Actions in brief

- Helps develop and implement water strategies and legislation based on IWRM principles; Helps strengthen intersectoral cooperation to improve water and health and implement the UNECE/World Health Organisation Europe Protocol on Water and Health;

- Helps develop national policies for the management of transboundary waters in accordance with the Water Convention and other international environmental instruments;

- Helps develop and implement water strategies and legislation based on IWRM principles;

- Helps place emphasis on the implementation of policies that have already been adopted either via pilot projects or by facilitating the provision of technical assistance;

- Liaises with a wide array of policymakers in each country;

- Involves representatives of parliamentary and governmental bodies as well as NGOs in the discussion about and adoption of new policy packages; 

- Cooperates with other international organisations active in the region.

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