crs.org.uaHomeProjectsArchiveProject 2007/141-164 "Improving cross-border cooperation in integrated management of water resources in the Lower Danube Euroregion" Home page Site map рус | eng
tel/fax: +380 48 719 85 36
65074, Odessa, Gaidar st. 3-a
utsc@te.net.ua

Improving cross-border cooperation in integrated management of water resources in the Lower Danube Euroregion

 

PROJECT 2007/141-164 







 
Partners:
  • Odessa Regional Water Management Department (ORWMD) – applicant/lead partner (UA)
  • Tulcea County Council (RO)
  • Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (RO)
  • The Dniester - Prut Water Resources Basin Management (UA)
  • Danube Hydrometeorological Observatory (UA)
  • Centre for Regional Studies (UA)
 
Associates:
  • Odessa Regional Council (UA)
  • The Romanian Waters National Administration – Dobrogea-seaside Water Directorate – Tulcea Water Management System (RO)
  • The Communal Organization «Agency for Cross-border Cooperation «The Lower Danube Euroregion» (UA)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature International, the Danube-Carpathian Programme (UA)
 
Duration: 24 month
 
Funding:
The Commission of the European Communities (88,31 %)
Odessa Regional Water Management Department (5,42 %)
Danube hydrometeorological observatory (2,56 %)
  
Justification: 

The need for the improvement of cross-border cooperation between Ukraine and Romania in the field integrated management of water resources in the Danube River Basin stipulated by the following factors: the necessity to act in compliance with the EU’s policy in the field of the management of water resources; the need for efficient cross-border hydrological monitoring that should become a tool for sound decision making in water management and emergency planning at all levels – local, regional, national and intergovernmental; the need for efficient cross-border border emergency management and flood protection system; the need for introducing a holistic approach to the Danube River Basin Management, including the sustainable use of natural resources and restoration and rehabilitation of natural ecosystem of the Danube Delta and the Danube Lakes, and the management of the Romanian and Ukrainian parts of the Danube Bilateral Biosphere Reserve. This demands a better integration across the border.

At the regional level (the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region) and the level of the Lower Danube EuroRegion the project will meet the following needs:

  • to improve people’s quality of life and public health through improvement of water quality, water treatment and sewage, the sanitary state of water resources in the region;
  • to build capacities for an efficient system of transboundary hydrological monitoring and water quality monitoring in the Lower Danube EuroRegion;
  • to develop a modern cross-border emergency planning and flood warning system;
  • to improve exchange of data and information between water management departments and regional and local authorities of Odessa Oblast and Tulcea County;
  • to achieve a better integration between the national monitoring systems of Romania and Ukraine in the Danube basin, as well as their integration in the monitoring system in the Danube Basin on the whole;
  • to improve flood protection in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain. Nowadays about 108 km of the dyke on the Ukrainian part of the Danube are inadequate to the rated conditions of 1% easy circumstances of flood pass; 32 km of the dykes is in emergency situation;
  • to improve the situation in agriculture in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region where outdated agricultural technologies is still in use that leads to erosion, pollution of ground and surface waters and degradation of ecosystems, including wetlands of international importance;
  • to improve conditions for wise spatial planning and land use in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region especially taking into consideration the fact of high density of population on the territory and high biodiversity;
  • to develop a strategy for adaptation of infrastructure and methods of the management of water resources to the impacts of global climate change: rise in temperature, rise in level of the Black Sea, frequency and disastrous affect of extreme events in the Danube River basin (disastrous flood);
  • to improve public access to information about the state of water resources in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region;
  • to introduce a participatory approach involving local people in a decision-making process at local and regional levels especially when making decisions pertaining to public health and safe life as well as environmental issues.
The main constraints in Ukraine and Romania are:
  • a lack of experience in integrated river basin management of international watercourses, sustainable wetland management and use of their resources, and in spatial planning at regional and local level;
  • a lack of funds to implement measures aimed at efficient flood control and protection;
  • a lack of cross-border and transnational cooperation and poor technical capacities for hydrological monitoring, emergency planning and warning along the Danube on the whole;
  • a poor harmonisation of Ukrainian and Romanian legislations in the field of the management of water resources;
  • limited access of local people to information about the state of water resources.

The project will directly contribute to fostering cross-border cooperation within the Lower Danube EuroRegion by the practical implementation of the Lower Danube EuroRegion Council’s decision on the Approval of the Activity Plan 2007 of the Euroregion’s Commission for Environment and Emergency Management (No 21 of 8 December 2006) and to facilitating cross-border cooperation between Romania and Ukraine in the field of management of water resources through the involvement of Ukrainian and Romanian commissioners for the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Romania on Cooperation in the Field of Joint Use and Protection of Transboundary Waters.

The project is viewed as a complementary activity to the Phare CBC Project “Integrated System for Monitoring the Environmental Factors, Biodiversity and Natural Resources in the cross-border Biosphere Reserve “Danube Delta” Romania/Ukraine”.

 
Objectives:
 

The project’s overall objective is to build capacities for introducing an integrated approach to the management of water resources through improvement of cooperation, collaboration, coordination and communication between stakeholders to achieve sustainable development and better quality of life in border areas of Ukraine and Romania focusing on the Lower Danube EuroRegion.

The specific objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional infrastructure, to improve technical capacities and to draft a tool kit for public authorities’ management of water resources in the Lower Danube EuroRegion. The project also aims to facilitate networking between regional water management departments in the border regions of Ukraine and Romania.

Objectives are to: improve water resources and land use in border areas of Ukraine and Romania; foster cross-border cooperation in integrated water management; improve management of ecosystems and water-based economic activities such as fishery, eco-tourism, recreation, and agriculture; improve territorial planning, cross-sectoral co-operation and increase participatory approach; facilitate networking between water management departments in border regions of Ukraine and Romania; introducting of the basic principles of the EU Water Framework Directive.

The concrete problem that will be solved within the project is the modernisation of the system of hydro-meteorological and hydro-chemical monitoring in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region and the development of Ukrainian-Romanian integrated system of hydrological monitoring in the Danube.

Geographically, the project will be implemented in Odessa Oblast and Tulcea County that are the member regions of the Lower Danube EuroRegion. The project team will also closely cooperate with the regional water management departments of Zkarapatska and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblasts, and the Dniestr-Prut Basin Department for the Management of Water Resources in Chernivtsi.

 
Project target group and main activities:
 

The project target group includes 3 main categories:

  1. Public authorities and organisations directly involved in the project activities and events: the Odessa Regional Water Management Department; the Danube Water Management and Flood Protection Department; the Danube Hydro-meteorological Observatory (99 specialists); the State Department for Environment and Natural Resources in Odessa Oblast; the Department for Control of Land Use in Odessa Oblast; Odessa Regional Department for Agricultural Policy; the Izmail Forestry; Odessa Regional Department for Fishery; the Odessa Regional Department of the Ministry of Ukraine for Emergency Management, the Lower Danube EuroRegion’s Commission for Environment and Emergency Management; “Apele Romane” – Tulcea Water Management Department; the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (Ukraine) and the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (Romania);
  2. Local governments and communities of the Ukrainian border districts of Reni, Izmail, Kiliya, Bolgrad, Artsyz and Tarutino, municipalities of Izmail, Reni, Vilkovo, Kiliya and Bolgrad with total population 455,000. Environmental NGOs;
  3. Water managers and flood protection specialists from the Dniestr-Prut Basin Department for the Management of Water Resources, the Zakarpatsky and the Ivano-Frankivsk regional water management departments.

In general, the main activities include:

  • sectoral studies and impact assessment;
  • training of personnel;
  • exchange of experience;
  • developing GIS;
  • building capacities for transboundary hydro-meteorological monitoring;
  • creation of a mobile hydro-measuring laboratory;
  • study trip to Romania;
  • developing an integrated water management plan;
  • working meeting at ICPDR;
  • facilitating the creation of a Department for Integrated River Basin Management in Odessa Oblast;
  • developing and agreeing a transboundary emergency scheme for the Lower Danube EuroRegion;
  • raising public awareness and the introduction of a participatory approach to wise use of water resources including;
  • a start-up meeting & workshop, and 2 workshops; website creation.

In general terms, the project’s activities include measures to improve human capacities of Ukrainian water managers, emergency planning and flood protection officers involved in the management of water resources in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region; institutional capacities of the Ukrainian and Romanian partners for building a cross-border hydrological monitoring system; technical capacities of the Ukrainian partners for hydrological monitoring and of both sides, Ukrainian and Romanian, for efficient exchange of data and information between water managers and emergency planners from Odessa Oblast and Tulcea County; management capacities of all the partners and the governments of Odessa Oblast and Tulcea county in the field of the management and sustainable use of water resources, wetland conservation and restoration, emergency planning and flood risk management. Raising public awareness and the introduction of a participatory approach to wise use of water resources is also viewed as a sufficient measure to introduce an integrated approach to the management of water resources in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region.

Expected results: 

Tangible:

  • a mobile hydro-measuring laboratory;
  • 3 automatic hydrological stations;
  • server for joint hydro-meteorological data base;
  • joint water monitoring work group;
  • Integrated Water Management Plan for the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region;
  • report on the current state of the system of hydro-meteorological monitoring in the Lower Danube;
  • Water Communication Strategy;
  • concept of the creation and activities of a Department for Integrated River Basin Management in Odessa Oblast;
  • scheme of transboundary communication and cooperation to respond to emergency situations and extreme events in the Lower Danube EuroRegion;
  • information bulletins;
  • series of short films dedicated to wise use of water resources;
  • data base;
  • GIS and GIS-based thematic maps;
  • trained personnel;
  • website;
Long-term:
  • improved cross-border cooperation in the management of water resources (Romania-Ukraine, the Lower Danube EuroRegion) and international (cooperation with ICPDR);
  • horizontal integration between the regional water management departments of Odessa, Chernivtsy, Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpatie;
  • vertical integration involving the Odessa Regional Water Management Department and local stakeholders in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region (local water managers, local authorities, NGOs etc.).
 
 
 
 

 

Center for Regional Studies © 2004-2012
Contacts
www.crs.org.ua