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Transfer of Environmentally-sound Technology (TEST) to Reduce Transboundary Pollution in the Danube River Basin

The Danube River Protection Convention (DRPC), which came into force in 1998, commits countries in the basin to taking action to reduce transboundary pollution in the Danube River and Black Sea. The Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) for the Danube River Basin (1999) identifies the major sources of transboundary pollution, being agriculture, human settlements and industry whereas the Pollution Reduction Programme (PRP) has recommended priority projects and measures to address these hot spots of pollution. The TDA identified a total of 130 major industrial polluters in 11 countries. Given the difficult transition that industry is undergoing in the region as well as the general lack of knowledge of the potential uses of cleaner technologies in the respective industrial sectors, many industries are not convinced that it is possible to reduce pollution and still remain financially viable. The project's objective is to build capacity in existing cleaner production institutions to apply the UNIDO Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST) procedure to 20 pilot enterprises in five countries that are contributing to transboundary pollution, primarily nutrients. The project will enhance the skills of the institutions by training, advice and hands on experience with the pilot program of priority actions and studies in support of a new Environmental Programme for the Danube River Basin (EPDRB). The countries also agreed to form a Task Force to oversee the EPDRB. The Commission of the European Communities (CEC), in its role as G-24 Coordinator, agreed to provide support and coordination for the Task Force. The main objective of the EPDRB has been to strengthen the operational basis for environmental management in the Danube River Basin. To secure the legal basis for protecting the water resources, the Danube River Basin countries and the European Union signed the Convention on Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Danube River (DRPC) in Sofia, on 29th of June 1994. The main objective of the Convention is that all parties cooperate by taking all appropriate legal, administrative and technical measures to maintain and improve the current environmental and water quality conditions of the Danube river and of the waters in its catchment area. This includes among others the improvement and rational use of surface and ground water, pollution reduction from point and non-point sources and loads to the Black Sea, as well as accidental prevention and response measures. The Convention entered into force on 22 of October 1998. Thus far it has been ratified by eleven parties: ten Daubing countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldavia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and the European Union

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General information
GEF ID 867
Project type Medium-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 01 Mar 2001
End Date 01 Oct 2004
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 990,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 2,400,000
YES - See results data (867)
Bulgaria , Croatia , Hungary , Romania , Slovakia , Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Roberta De Palma Chief Technical Advisor
Zoltan Csizer Director
Andrew Hudson Head of Water & Ocean Governance