Environment in emerging and transition economies

EU Water Initiative in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia: 2013 Working Group meeting

 

The Annual meeting of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) Working Group took place on 24-25 October 2013 in Helsinki (Finland). It was co-organised by the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE), the OECD/Task Force for the Implementation of the Environmental Action Programme (the OECD/EAP Task Force) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
 
The meeting of the Working Group brought together senior officials representing water and environmental authorities from countries of Western, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as international organisations, and donors. 
 
The meeting presented an opportunity to review the implementation of National Policy Dialogues on integrated water resources management and on water supply and sanitation in EECCA countries.

Agenda and presentations

DAY 1: 24 October 2013

09.00 – 09.30 1. Welcome and adoption of the draft Agenda
09.30– 11.00 2. Tour de Table
Focus

All EECCA countries were asked to present information on 1-2 ongoing or forthcoming reforms related to water management and economic development.

Facilitator  Mr. Gheorghe Constantin, Chair of the EUWI EECCA 
11.30 – 13.00 3. New developments on the global water policy agenda
Focus

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals Managing Water for Green Growth Panel Discussion.

Facilitator  Mr. Gheorghe Constantin, Chair of the EUWI EECCA 
Speakers
  • Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals – Mr. Peep Mardiste, UNECE (PPT)
  • Managing Water for Green Growth  - Mr. Xavier Leflaive, OECD (PPT)
  • The EU's new water policy orientations. Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources and lessons learned – Ms. Marta Moren-Abat, European Commission (PPT) 
14.30 – 16.30 4. Transboundary water management: challenges and benefits 
Facilitator  Mr. Gheorghe Constantin, Chair of the EUWI EECCA 
Speakers
  • Strengthening institutional framework for transboundary cooperation and practical case from Chu/Talas basins  – Mr. Peep Mardiste, UNECE and Mr. Erkin Orolbaev, Kyrgyzstan (PPT) 
  • EU Project “Environmental Protection of International River Basins” - Mr. Timothy Turner, Project Team Leader (PPT) 
  • Benefits of cooperative water management in the Caucasus (Kura river) - Ms Tatiana Efimova, OECD (PPT) 
  • Finnish-Russian transboundary water co-operation: experiences from 50 years - Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, SYKE (PPT) 
17.00 – 18.30 5. Policy coherence and sustainability when addressing water, climate, food, energy nexus
Facilitator  Mr. Gheorghe Constantin, Chair of the EUWI EECCA 
Speakers
  • Options for addressing the water, climate, food and energy nexus in EECCA region– Ms. Annukka Lipponen and Mr. Peep Mardiste, UNECE (PPT)
  • Water and food security in Tajikistan – Mr. Bakhrom Gafarov, NPD Coordinator (PPT)

DAY 2: 25 October 2013

09.00 – 11.00 6. Managing water for growth
Facilitator  Mr. Gheorghe Constantin, Chair of the EUWI EECCA 
Speakers
  • Subsidies impacting the water sector (Kyrgyzstan, Russia) – Mr. Alexander Martoussevitch, OECD (PPT)
  • Key policy measures for Sustainable WSS and  business models for water supply and sanitation (Moldova) – Ms. Nadejda Chilaru, Ministry of Environment (PPT) 

European Financial Institutions : support to national WSS policy implementation

  • EBRD water projects in Central Asia- Ms Catarina Bjorlin Hansen, Senior Banker, EBRD (PPT)
11.30 – 13.00 7. Future developments
Facilitator  Mr. Gheorghe Constantin, Chair of the EUWI EECCA 
Speakers
  • EU Water Initiative: future developments, support of NPDs in EECCA – Mr. Mathieu Bousquet, European Commission  (PPT)
  • Programme of work for 2014 (OECD, UNECE)  (PPT)
13.00 Adjourn 

 

 

Meeting documents

  • Agenda;
  • Progress report on the implementation of the European Union Water Initiative National Policy Dialogues on integrated water resources management and on water supply and sanitation;
  • Logistical note;
  • Report on Adapting water supply and sanitation to climate change in Moldova;
  • Report on Business models for rural sanitation in Moldova.
  • Summary Record of the Annual meeting of the EU Water Initiative Working Group for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (24-25 October 2013, Helsinki)

 

Related Documents

 

Partnership with the EU Water Initiative (EUWI): Water Policy Reforms in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Environmental Action Programme Task Force: Greening development in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

 

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