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Enhancing Ukraine's involvement in the ICPDR activities

Project duration: 10 months.

Project aim: The project aims to enhance Ukraine’s move towards the European Integration due to strengthening Ukraine’s involvement in the activities conducted in the framework of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River and supporting the Ukrainian presidency of the ICPDR in 2011. The project will also assist with as much efficient involvement of Ukraine in the implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the Danube River as possible.

Project objectives are to:

  • ensure efficient Ukrainian presidency of the ICPDR in 2011;
  • provide good expert support to the Ukrainian presidency of the ICPDR in 2011 and further Ukraine’s involvement in the ICPDR activities;
  • strengthen the dialog between independent expert community and the governmental bodies responsible for the coordination of Ukraine’s activities in the framework of the ICPDR;
  • set and strengthen the methodological, institutional and organisational background of Ukraine's participation in implementing the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, in particular its environmental component.
  • ensure transparency and public access to information about the Ukrainian presidency of the ICPDR and its results.

The project consists of the 3 components:

1st component – Developing a network of national experts skilled in the ICPDR priority areas:

2nd component – Supporting Ukrainian experts’ participation in the activities of the ICPDR expert groups:

  • Participation of an Ukrainian expert in the 13th meeting of the ICPDR’s Information Management and GIS Expert Group;
  • Participation of an Ukrainian expert in the Workshop on adaptation to climate change in the Danube River Basin;
  • Participation of an Ukrainian expert in the 34th meeting of the ICPDR’s River Basin Management Expert Group;
  • Participation of an Ukrainian expert in the 20th meeting of the ICPDR’s Flood Protection Expert Group;
  • Participation of project team members in the 14th ordinary meeting of the ICPDR.

3rd component – Information campaign

Results:

Short-term results:

  • The maximum efficiency of the Ukrainian presidency of the ICPDR, and the implementation of the ‘Priorities of the Ukrainian presidency of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) in 2011’ approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine are achieved.
  • Participation of the Ukrainian representatives in key meetings of the ICPDR’s Expert Groups.
  • Information about the Ukrainian presidency of the ICPDR and its importance for Ukraine’s move towards the European integration is widely available for the public.

Long-term results:

  • Facilitating Ukraine’s move towards the European integration through its efficient presidency of the ICPDR and making information about the results of the Ukrainian presidency available to the delegations and governments of other countries and parties of the Danube River Protection Convention (DRPC) including the European Commission and the European Council.
  • Active role of Ukraine in the implementation of the Danube River Protection Convention, as well as the fulfilment of Ukraine’s commitments to contribute in the development and implementation of a joint policy of the DRPC parties towards the introduction of a river basin approach to water management with the entire Danube River Basin, and the implementation of this policy and the EU Water Framework Directive.
  • Fostering Ukraine's involvement in the implementation of the environmental pillar and the priorities of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, in particular the ones related to the improvement of water quality, the development of an integrated management plan for the Danube Delta sub-basin and a flood risk management plan based on the European Flood Directive.
  • Raising public awareness of the role of Ukraine in the implementation of activities and initiatives in the framework of the ICPDR, including regional and local authorities, and the general public of the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region. Raising central authorities’ awareness of the importance of Ukraine’s active involvement in common initiatives implemented in the framework international organisations such as the ICPDR, to strengthen Ukraine’s accession to the EU perspective.
  • Establishing a dialogue between the independent expert community and the governmental bodies responsible for the coordination of Ukraine’s involvement in the ICPDR activities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine) as well as the State Agency for Water Resources of Ukraine.
  • Improving Ukraine’s accession to the EU perspective due to informing EU governing bodies (first of all the European Commission and the European Council) on Ukraine's achievements in developing and implementing joint policies of the DRPC Parties towards river basin management in the Danube Region based on the principles of the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Flood Directive, as well as its steps towards the implementation of the EU Danube Strategy’s Pillar B ‘Protecting the Environment in the Danube Region”.

Outputs from the Project:

International Renessaince Fund

The project is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the financial support from the International Renaissance Foundation

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