Danube RiverProtection Convention Signed on 29 June 1994 in Sofia - BulgariaDRPC is a legal frame for cooperation to assurethe protection of water and ecologicalresources and their sustainable use in theDanube River Basin.
ICPDR -International Commission for theProtection of the Danube RiverThe ICPDR, established by the DRPC:has the mandate to ensure conservation, improvement and rational use of surface waters and ground waterreduce inputs of nutrients and hazardous substancescontrol floods and ice hazardsreduce pollution loads to the Black SeaSince 2000 the ICPDR is the coordinating body forimplementing the EU Water Framework Directive in DRB
Contracting Parties Germany Bosnia & Herzegovina Austria Serbia Czech Republic Montenegro Slovakia Romania Hungary Bulgaria Slovenia Rep. of Moldova Croatia Ukraine European Union
Danube River BasinManagement Plan Finalised in December 2009 Reflects Water status of the DRB waters Significant Water Management Issues Includes Joint Programme of Measures Evaluation on measures implementation Enables Conclusions on investment and funding
DRBM PlanJoint Programme of MeasuresIt is the heart of the DRBM Plan that outlines: Visions and management objectives for each Significant Water Management Issues Measures on the basin-wide scale Needs for future funding JPM addresses the problems in the Danube River Basin
Investments Number of investment projects achieved by 2006 per country 35 3.5 billion Euro 30 6 3 invested in 2 6 25 6 7 140 wastewater 3 20 14 3 13 3 6 treatment 7 15 7 0 15 5 22 plants. 10 4 17 4 0 0 11 12 12 1 5 13 5 8 2 0 8 7 5 7 4 4 0 AT BA BG HR CZ DE HU MD RO RS SK SI UA Municipal Industrial and agro-industrial Wetlands
Key Results Considerable reduction through measures – objectives will not be achieved by 2015 Organic Significant efforts still need to be Pollution undertaken to reduce water pollution of the Danube rivers Basin-wide importance: P-free laundry and dishwasher detergents Nutrient Pollution
Cooperation Asked Good water quality and effective water management cannot be achieved without cooperation with business and economic sectors.
Dialogue with Hydropower:How to Cooperate ⇒ Hydropower generation, identified as one of the key drivers that may provoke impacts on water bodies.⇒ Facilitating dialogue on hydro- power issues to balance economic needs, social and environmental performance.
Agriculture and Land Use -Agri-environmental Measuresin the DRB ⇒ Nutrients reduction, e.g. limits in fertiliser use (time and type), nutrient balances on farm level ⇒ Pesticide reduction in all farming practices ⇒ Organic farming: input reduction, rotation, intensification of livestock ⇒ Soil erosion measures ⇒ Wetlands reconnection
Joint Statementadoped byDanube Commision,ISRBC and ICPDRPLATINA Manualfor sustainable navigation
ICPDR newest response:Action plans for sub-basins 17 flood action plans for the sub-basins prepared in 2009Comprehensive compilationof hundreds of measures toreduce flood risks
Consequences Significant local hazard.• Monitoring from the Danube did not reveal acute toxic records.• The main pollution did not reach the Danube, but continued monitoring and assessment is needed (done by Hungary and the neighboring and downstream countries).• Mitigation measures, clean-up work and assessment at Torna creek and Marcal river and in local areas are ongoing.
Ministrial Declaration- ICPDR is major coordinating body in the region with regard to all water managemnt issues- DRBMP and JPMs should be an integral part of the EU Strategy (Environmental Pillar).
Important for RBMimplementationData is not information,information is not knowledgeknowledge is not understanding,understanding is not wisdom.Integrating and Applayin Science, 2010 University of Maryland Center for Enviromental Science