The Fourth Joint Meeting of the EU Water Initiative EECCA Working Group and the EAP Task Force Water Network was held on the 12-13th of May 2008, in Bucharest, Romania with the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development hosting the event.
The meeting brought together officials from EECCA water and environmental agencies, representatives from OECD environment and development cooperation ministries, experts in the areas of water supply and sanitation (WSS) and integrated water resource management (IWRM), as well as representatives of the NGO community and international organisations.
The objective of the meeting was to review progress in implementing the work programmes of the EUWI EECCA Working Group and of the EAP Task Force Group of Senior Officials for Water Sector Reform in EECCA since their Third Joint Meeting , held in Helsinki in May 2007 and to engage into policy discussions in three important areas:
1. There is increasing recognition that the decentralisation of responsibilities for water supply and sanitation has made it difficult for utilities and municipalities to fully exploit economies of scale, to retain and develop adequate capacity to run the sector, and to generate the necessary resources to finance capital investments. The meeting will examin relevant experience in a few EU and non-EU countries that shows how these problems can be over-come.
2. The principles of integrated water resources management are increasingly recognised as the basis for water sector policy making. However, the implementation of these principles is still hampered by a number of obstacles, of which institutional weaknesses are an important one. The meeting will look into the role of river basin organisations and how such organisations could help to improve the implementation of sector policies.
3. In most of the poorest EECCA countries, more than half of the population lives in rural areas, where access to safe water and basic sanitation can be as low as 20%. Due to a lack of data and the small size of individual village projects, providing support to these areas is often a challenge for governments and donors. The meeting will look into experience of how access to water supply and sanitation services in rural areas can be effectively improved.
This meeting was held back-to-back with the Workshop on water and health, 14-16 May, jointly organised by UNECE, UNDP and OSCE - as part of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) - in cooperation with WHO-EURO.
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Session 1: Review and Updating of the EECCA Working Group Activities
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Session 3: Improvement of the Institutional Capacity in Water Supply and Sanitation. Tackling the Problem of Over-fragmentation
Session 4: Experience Concerning Rural Water Supply and Sanitation
Session 5: Projects Financing in the Water Sector
Session 6: Future Work of The EU Water Initiative EECCA Working Group and of the EAP Task Force