Environment in emerging and transition economies

Water management in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region


One of the major work area programmes of GREEN Action Task Force is the water management in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Region (EECCA) countries. It covers two main topics:



  • European Union Water Initiative+ (National Policy Dialogues and Strengthening Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for Eastern Partnership):

The work aims to ensure that national, transboundary and regional mechanisms are in place to support planning, approval and implementation of water policy, strategies and plans, and associated legal and regulatory frameworks in line with the EU Water Framework Directive, principles of Integrated Water Resources Management and relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

It also looks to promote development of local management and expert capacity within national and/or river basin authorities for the development of coherent policies, strategies and budgetary frameworks.

The project builds on the experience of the National Policy Dialogues (NPDs) supported under EUWI EECCA (2012-2016).

  • Policies to enhance environmental performance and resource security in EECCA:

This work will use funding recently received from Norway and aims to support water policy reforms and contribute to achieving water security in Eurasia. It will have a particular focus on the countries of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that have signed Association Agreements with the EU. The activities will focus on delivery of three country outlooks based upon the OECD’s global water outlook to 2050. In addition, a regional outlook could be produced to look specifically to the challenges the Eastern Partnership region is expected to face in the future, the potential policy responses and opportunities for economic growth. Supporting this, capacity development activities will focus on Strategic Water Management Planning Water and achievement of water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



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