Environment in emerging and transition economies

European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership (EUWI+ Programme)

 

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European Union Water Initiative
Plus for the Eastern Partnership

 

The EUWI+ Programme

EUWI+ started in 2016 and its overall objective is to improve the management of water resources, in particular of trans-boundary rivers, in the EaP countries. The specific objective is to achieve convergence of national policies and strategies with the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

The project is divided into three result areas as follows:

  • Result 1: Legal and regulatory frameworks improved in line with the WFD, IWRM and MEAs;
  • Result 2: River Basins Management Plans designed and implemented in line with the WFD principles; and
  • Result 3: Lessons learnt regularly collected, shared and communicated to stakeholders.


The project has developed a web portal (http://www.euwipluseast.eu/en/). This web portal constitutes a platform for access, exchange and dissemination of all data, information and services developed and used in the frame of this project.

 Regional Level Meetings

Regionally, a Project Steering Committee will take stock of progress in implementing planned activities, review products and results, discuss objectives, on-going progress, issues related to visibility and communication annual work plans for all 6 countries.

 

 The Implementing Partners

 

The OECD and UNECE are implementing activities under Result 1. Results 2 and 3 are implemented by a Member States Consortium including the Austrian Environment Agency (UBA) and the International Office for Water (OIEau / IOWater) of France. Experts from other EU Member States will also be involved in activities under Result 2 and Result 3 as required.

Close co-operation between all implementing partners will be ensured including project recommendations verified for cross-result coherence and duplication of work avoided.

Key focus areas under the new EUWI+ project will include the following:

  • The legal and institutional framework related to water resources management;
  • River Basin Management Plans; 
  • Water Resources Monitoring;
  • Analysis and laboratory accreditation;
  • Data management; and 
  • Stakeholder involvement and communication.

 

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