Dr. PERGER László as PAC4Central Directorate for Water & EnvironmentBudapest, Hungary2011. 04. 06.      Water protecting a...
2011. 04. 06.   Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy   2
    The Baltic Sea Region     The Danube Region (the most international river basin of the world)       Involved countr...
    Background       Requesting from Council to Commission to prepare this Strategy (19        June 2009)       Based o...
    Challenges       Mobility        ▪ The Danube River - high valuated TEN-T corridor          (moderate using 10%-20% ...
    Challenges (cont.)       Environment           ▪ High water & environment pollution (point and diffuse)           ▪ ...
    Opportunities       Gate to East       Traditionally good and solid education level       High quality regionwide ...
          Connecting the Danube Region                                               3 AT, DE, HU, RO        To improve ...
    Political level       EU Council       EU Commission       DG Regional & Environmental Policy       High Level Gr...
   To restore and maintain the quality of waters     Main features        ▪ Operational area is practically the Danube R...
1.     Action - “To implement fully the Danube River Basin Management Plan”2.     Action - “To greatly strengthen cooperat...
9.     Action - “To assure the proper control and progressive substitution of substances that           are considered pro...
   HU level     Projects collection concerning PA4 actions (Excel file)     Provisional flagship projects labeling     ...
   Provisional flagship projects labeling            Planned projects as             „Survey and research on surface wa...
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Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy: Expectations and facts, Dr. László Perger

  1. 1. Dr. PERGER László as PAC4Central Directorate for Water & EnvironmentBudapest, Hungary2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 1
  2. 2. 2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 2
  3. 3.  The Baltic Sea Region  The Danube Region (the most international river basin of the world)  Involved countries ▪ 8 MS countries (DE, AT, SLO, CZ, SK, HU, RO, BG) ▪ 1 Candidate/accession country (HR) ▪ 5 Non EU countries (UA, MD, SR, BiH, MO)  Benefits on ▪ Region level ▪ Socio-economic development ▪ Competitiveness ▪ Environmental management ▪ Resource efficient growth ▪ Transport corridors modernization ▪ Security growing ▪ EU level ▪ Contribution to EU 2020 Strategy ▪ Connection to Black Sea Region, South –Caucasus and Central Asia2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 3
  4. 4.  Background  Requesting from Council to Commission to prepare this Strategy (19 June 2009)  Based on good acceptance and experiences of the Baltic Sea Strategy  Expectations  Integrated approach (as in case of EUBSRS)  Synergies and trade-offs (final consensus)  Base documents making ▪ Communication ▪ Targets setting (should be further developed - stakeholders) ▪ Action Plan (for implementation of targets) ▪ Pillars ▪ Priority Areas ▪ Actions/projects2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 4
  5. 5.  Challenges  Mobility ▪ The Danube River - high valuated TEN-T corridor (moderate using 10%-20% of that on the Rhine) ▪ Inland waterway transport as enviro-benefits and –risks ▪ Less multimodality – transport nodes ▪ Low interconnectivity with other river basins  Energy ▪ Low sources – high prices ▪ High vulnerability (few external suppliers)2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 5
  6. 6.  Challenges (cont.)  Environment ▪ High water & environment pollution (point and diffuse) ▪ Environmental risks growing (floods, droughts, pollution ▪ Breaking down of protected areas  Socio-economic issues ▪ Wide disparities (East-West EU problem) ▪ Often cooperation lacking ▪ Less financial and institutional promotion ▪ Low innovation, research and marketing opportunities  Security, crimes ▪ Smuggling ▪ Corruption2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 6
  7. 7.  Opportunities  Gate to East  Traditionally good and solid education level  High quality regionwide cultures  Unique natural diversity and heritage  Rich environmental assets (water, soil, landscapes, flora&fauna)  More possible using of renewable energy sources2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 7
  8. 8.  Connecting the Danube Region 3 AT, DE, HU, RO  To improve mobility and multimodality 2 SLO, SK, SR, BG, HR ▪ Inland waterways (AT&RO) 1 CZ, MD ▪ Road, rail and air links (SLO&SR)  To encourage more sustainability energy (HU&CZ)  To promote culture and tourism, people to people contacts (BG&RO) Protecting the Environment  To restore and maintain the quality of waters (HU&SK)  To manage environmental risks (HU&RO)  To preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils (DE&HR) Building Prosperity in the Danube Region  To develop the knowledge society trough research, education and information technologies (SK&SR)  To support the competitiveness of enterprises, including cluster development (DE&HR)  To invest in peopole and skills (AT&MD) Strengthening the Danube Region  To setup institutional capacity and cooperation (AT&SLO)  To work together to promote security and tackle organised and serious crime (DE&BG) 2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 8
  9. 9.  Political level  EU Council  EU Commission  DG Regional & Environmental Policy  High Level Group of all Member States (with non-EU representatives)  National Contact Points PRIORITY AREA COORDINATORS  Implementation level  Actions, projects flagship projects labeling  Targets, actions revision  Funding  Assessment and reporting2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 9
  10. 10.  To restore and maintain the quality of waters  Main features ▪ Operational area is practically the Danube River Basin District ▪ Operational method is practicallybased on WFD ▪ Operational targets are practically suitable environmental objectives of the DRBM Plan  Provisional targets (by Communication Document) ▪ Achieve the environmental objectives set out in the DRBM Plan ▪ Reduce the nutrient (only?) levels in the Danube River (only?) to allow the recovery of the Black Sea ecosystems to condition similar to 1960 (?) ▪ Anything else? No more?2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 10
  11. 11. 1. Action - “To implement fully the Danube River Basin Management Plan”2. Action - “To greatly strengthen cooperation at sub-basin level”3. Action - “To continue to invest in and support the information collection systems already developed by ICPDR”4. Action - “To continue boosting major investments in building and upgrading urban wastewater treatment facilities across the Danube Basin, including measures to build capacity at the regional and local level for the design of such infrastructure”5. Action - “To establish buffer strips along the rivers to retain nutrients and to promote alternative collection and treatment of waste in small rural settlements”6. Action - “To foster and develop an active process of dialogue and cooperation between authorities responsible for agriculture and environment to ensure that measures are taken to address agricultural pollution”7. Action - “To legislate at the appropriate level to limit the presence of phosphates in detergents”8. Action - “To treat hazardous substances and contaminated sludge with the newest and best available technology and to develop and promote remediation measure for hazardous producing or abandoned industrial sites and waste deposits”- 2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 11
  12. 12. 9. Action - “To assure the proper control and progressive substitution of substances that are considered problematic for Danube Region”10. Action - “To reduce existing water continuity interruption for fish migration in the Danuberiver basin”11. Action - “To promote measures to limit water abstraction”12. Action - “To strengthen general awareness and facilitate exchange of good practice in integrated water management issues in the Danube Basin among decision-makers at all levels and among the population of the Region”13. Action - “To promote measures aimed at reducing knowledge deficits, developing and transferring tools, methods and guidelines concerning the safeguarding of drinking water supply”14. Action - “To further strengthen Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) practices on the Western shores of the Black Sea” 2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 12
  13. 13.  HU level  Projects collection concerning PA4 actions (Excel file)  Provisional flagship projects labeling ▪ Running/ongoing projects as ▪ „Restoration of water quality and water management upgrading in Ráckeve-Soroksári Danube branch and its sidearms” ▪ „ Amendment and adjustment of water resources management at Szigetköz for ecological purposes” ▪ „Development of operational water related monitoring network in HU for implementation of WFD” ▪ „Drinking water protection in a vulnarable karstic area for Miskolc city water supply”2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 13
  14. 14.  Provisional flagship projects labeling  Planned projects as  „Survey and research on surface water river beds and sediment regime changes at Danube Region level”  „Eco-friendly waste water treatment for small (under 2000 PE) settlements”  „Drought and Water Scarcity Management in the Danube Region” HU-SK coordination level  First meeting has been done  Coordination work sharing is under finalization2011. 04. 06. Water protecting actions in the Danube Region Strategy 14
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