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Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin-Phase I Project

On December 1 2001, the US$17,2 Million Danube Regional Project (DRP) was launched as the next 5-year phase of UNDP-GEF's longterm commitment to achieving environmental health in the Danube River Basin. The main DRP goal was to strengthen existing basin management structures and activities, building on lessons learned, and facilitating a regional approach.

The project’s objectives were:

- To assist with the establishment of institutional and legal instruments at the national and regional level to assure nutrient reduction and sustainable management of water bodies and ecological resources, and

- To assist the 13 countries in implementing their agreed strategic action programme, focusing on nutrient pollution reduction. (The Danube Strategic Action Programme (SAP) was adopted in a previous GEFsupported project.)

A key focus was on building the capacity of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and Danube countries to fulfill their legally binding commitment to implement the Danube Convention. Such efforts include the development of a River Basin Management Plan in line with the EU's Water Framework Directive.

The DRP is an umbrella for some 80 activities to strengthen agricultural policy, provide river basin management tools, protect wetlands and improve water services.

The project is also significant because of its many links to the local level, including activities related to public participation, access to information, communications, local pilot demonstration activities and a large grants programme for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 1460
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 26 Nov 2001
End Date 30 Apr 2007
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 5,000,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 11,600,000
YES - See results data (1460)
Bosnia and Herzegovina , Bulgaria , Croatia , Czech Republic , Hungary , Moldova Republic of , Romania , Slovakia , Slovenia , Ukraine , Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Kari Eik Consultant
Ivan Zavadsky Executive Secretary
Peter Whalley GEF IWC10 Coordinator / Independent Environmental Consultant
Sylvia Koch Office Manager
Aleksandar Nacev Project Task Team Leader
Andrew Hudson Head of Water & Ocean Governance