Environment in emerging and transition economies

National policy dialogue (NPD) in Ukraine



Year of NPD launch:  2007

Present NPD Chair and strategic partners in the government: State Committee for Water Management, Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services

Source of NPD funding: European Union, Government of Israel, Government of Norway

The development of a roadmap of reforms to support inter-municipal cooperation in the water sector alongside a pilot project for analysing the appropriate scale and scope of water supply and sanitation (WSS) systems was facilitated in the context of the national policy dialogue (NPD) in Ukraine. This page summarises the main activities and achievements since 2007.

Priority areas of work and main activities

  • Strengthening the legal and institutional framework for water management in order to adapt to climate change. This covers water diplomacy activities in the transboundary Dniester river basin shared with the neighbouring Republic of Moldova. Activities were conducted in cooperation with OSCE and UNEP.
  • Achieving sustainable water management, safe drinking water and adequate sanitation under the Protocol on Water and Health.

  • Addressing the over-fragmentation of water supply services, and identifying the necessary reforms and barriers to their implementation. The government is now considering options for the consolidation of the WSS sector.

Key achievements of the NPD to date


The radar chart synthetises the level of achievements along five axes within the NPD process in Kazakhstan (0-no activity; 2-fully achieved): 

- Transboundary water management
- National strategies on water, nexus
- The development of RBMPs
- The economis and financial dimensions of WRM
- WSS and Water and Health

The NPD in Ukraine has been facing significant challenges due to the unstable political environment and subsequent changes in government personnel. Some significant achievements have been reached nonetheless.

  • The State Programme on Flood Protection in the basin of the rivers Dniester, Prut and Seret was prepared and adopted in 2008. A bilateral agreement was signed with Moldova on
    water cooperation.

  • In 2009, the State Programme on Water Sector Development up to 2020 was adopted. This addresses climate change adaptation issues, and the implementation of river basin management principles. The NPD contributed to a strengthened legal, institutional and managerial framework that helps to cope with climate change.

  • National Targets were drafted under the Protocol on Water and Health with reference to the work in other EECCA countries such as the Republic of Moldova. The draft has been submitted to the Ministry of Environment for consultation.

Plans for the future

The NPD in Ukraine is currently on hold because of the political instability in the country. 

Dniester river, Ukraine

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