Russian Federation

National policy dialogue (NPD) in the Russian Federation

 

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Year of NPD launch:  2010

Present NPD Chair(s) and strategic partners in the government: Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Development Bank

Source of NPD funding: European Union, Evrasijskij (a large Russian private operator), Government of Germany, Russian Development Bank (Vnesheconombank), EBRD, the World Bank


Priority areas of work and main activities

Resuming the EUWI national policy dialogue (NPD) process is currently under discussion in Russia. Previous work under the EUWI EECCA in this country includes: 

  • A review of the legal, institutional and regulatory framework for private sector participation (PSP) in WSS.
  • A review of the economic instruments for water resources management.
  • As a follow up, the Minister of Natural Resources of the Republic of Buryatia requested a review of economic instruments for water management, with a view to better integrate environmental performance and economic development in this Republic.

Key achievements of the NPD to date

  • Due to the vast size and institutional complexity of the Russian Federation, a new approach was used when designing the proposed new NPD process. A pilot region of Buryatia has been chosen to test how the NPD process can support the reform of water policies at sub-sovereign level.
  • The NPD in 2010 was instrumental in reaching a shared understanding among Russian authorities on the framework conditions needed to attract private operators and investors in the water sector. It was influential in changing the legal framework, in particular the Federal Law on concession agreements; the new Federal Law on water supply and sanitation; and a shift to performance-based contracts in the water sector.

Project Progress:

Further Reading

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You can consult the Country Review about the priorities, key achievements and plans for the future.

 

 Economic Instruments for water resources management in the Russian Federation

This report presents findings from a review of the use of economic instruments (EIs) for water resources management (WRM) in the Russian Federation. A broad range of instruments – applied or potentially applicable in Russia – has been reviewed and available financial data for 2007-11 have been presented. Economic instruments in use in the Republic of Buryatia (RB) have been examined in greater detail.

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Improving Economic Instruments for Water Resources Management in the Republic of Buryatia (Lake Baikal Basin)

A major challenge facing the Republic of Buryatia, subject of the Russian Federation, is how to balance the task of protecting Lake Baikal with the need for dynamic and sustainable socio-economic development of the republic. The recommendations in this report include the introduction of abstraction charges for irrigation water as a  natural resource; and improvement of economic instruments for managing risks of water-related hazards. Innovative instruments, such as introducing a charge (tax) on toxic agricultural chemicals to create incentives for the reduction of diffuse water pollution, are recommended for pilot testing.

 

 

Interim Report 1 - Improving the Use of Economic Instruments for Water Management in the Republic of Buryatia

The present Report contains the results of a review of economic instruments for water resources management in the Republic of Buryatia (RB) prepared under the OECD project “Improving the use of economic instruments for water management in the Republic of Buryatia (Lake Baikal basin)” aimed at support the policy dialogue on water in Russia (in cooperation with EU Water Initiative.

 

 

Interim Report 2 - Improving the Use of Economic Instruments for Water Management in the Republic of Buryatia

The present report contains the results of a review of international practices of application of instruments for water resources management (WRM) and the assessment of a potential for using more efficient instruments in the Republic of Buryatia (RB), taking into account natural and institutional specificities of the region and Russia as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

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