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Protection and Sustainable Use of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System

The proposed project is the first ever attempted globally to introduce sustainable integrated management principles in a transboundary karstic freshwater aquifer of the magnitude of the Dinaric Karst System. At the global level the project aims at focusing the attention of the international community on the huge but vulnerable water resources contained in karst aquifers (carbonatic rock formations), which are widespread globally, but poorly understood. The Dinaric Karst Aquifer System, shared by 4 countries and one of the world’s largest, has been identified as an ideal opportunity for applying new and integrated management approaches to these unique freshwater resources and ecosystems. At the regional level the project’s objectives are to (i) facilitate the equitable and sustainable utilization of the transboundary water resources of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System, and (ii) protect the unique groundwater dependent ecosystems that characterize the Dinaric Karst region of the Balkan peninsula. These objectives are expected to be achieved through a concerted multi-country effort involving improvement in scientific understanding, the building of political consensus around key reforms and new policies, the enhanced coordination among countries, donors, projects and agencies, and the consolidation of national and international support.


Neretva Right coast aquifer , Trebišnjica/Neretva Left coast aquifer , Bileko Lake aquifer , Dinaric Littoral (West Coast aquifer) , Tara Massif , Beli Drim/Drini Bardhe aquifer , Lim aquifer , Cetina aquifer , Krka aquifer , Pleševica/ Una aquifer , Kupa aquifer , Posavina I/ Sava aquifer , Cerknica/ Kupa, Kocevje Goteniška gora, Radovica-Metlika/ Zumberak aquifers , Metohija aquifer , Macva-Semberija aquifer , Pester aquifer , Rijecina-Zvir aquifer; Novokracine aquifer , Opatija/Istra aquifer aquifer ; Notranjska Reka aquifer (part of Bistrica-Snežnik in Slovenia) , Mirna/Istra aquifer ; Mirna aquifer ; Obmocje izvira Rižane aquifer , Secovlje-Dragonja/Istra aquifer

Europe , Southern Europe


Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 3690
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 28 Jul 2010
End Date 31 Jan 2014
GEF characteristic:
GEF Allocation to project USD 2,160,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 5,210,000
YES - See results data (3690)
Albania , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Croatia , Montenegro , Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Andro Drecun Deputy Minister
Nebojsa Kukuric DIKTAS Project Manager
Madeleine Theochari DIKTAS information focal point
Holger Treidel Programme Specialist
Petar Milanovic President
Biljana Rajic Advisor
Bosko Kenjic Head of Water Resources Department
Vladimir Mamaev UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor for International Waters for Europe, CIS and Arab States
Vedran Furtula GIS Consultant