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Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

The Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin took place on 24 November 2008, in Tirana, Albania. It was jointly organised by the Albanian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration , UNECE and Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med).

Event details

When

Nov 24, 2008
from 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Where

Tirana, Albania

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The Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin took place on 24 November 2008, in Tirana, Albania. It was jointly organised by the Albanian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration , UNECE and Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med).

 

The Consultation Meeting was financially supported by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency , the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and GEF IW:LEARN.

 

Aims
The Consultation Meeting aimed to:

  • Exchange information among national competent authorities and key international actors regarding:
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    - the current status of water resources management in the Basin and
    - the on-going and planned initiatives and projects related to integrated water resources management in the Basin;

     

  • Sound opinions, interests and needs from the key stakeholders in the Basin and identify challenges for promoting IWRM planning and application;
  • Identify opportunities, synergies and ways of coordination towards transboundary cooperation for the integrated management of the Basin.

The event was organized in the framework of the Petersberg Process Phase II / Athens Declaration Process and the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourse and International Lakes (Water Convention). The Meeting contributed to and supported the implementation of the GEF Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystems and the Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI).

 

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  • Participants

 

Targeted representatives of key stakeholders involved in the management of water resources in the “extended” Drin River Basin, including competent governmental institutions, regional authorities, international organizations and institutions, NGO’s, etc. participated in the meeting*.

 

*Representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had planned but could not participate in the Consultation Meeting. However, in contacts before and after the Meeting they subscribed to the conclusions of the Consultation Meeting.

 

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Consultative meeting on the Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin
24 November, 2008 Tirana, Albania

 

Agenda

Chair: Mr. Bo Libert, Regional Adviser on Environment, UNECE
Co-chair: Mr. Michael Scoullos, Chairman, GWP-Med
Rapporteur: Mr. Dimitris Faloutsos, Programme Officer, GWP-Med

 

Session I: Welcome and Introduction

09.00

Welcome Notes

 

- Mr. Abeshi, Secretary General, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration, Albania Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin
- Ms. Ewa Brederman, Programme coordinator Western Balkan, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
- Mr. Dimitris Faloutsos on behalf of Mr. Fritz Holzwarth, Deputy Director General Water Management, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 5_Welcome_Note_BMU_Germany Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin
- Mr. Dimitris Faloutsos on behalf of Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, FYR Macedonia

9.15

The underlying framework: Petersberg Phase II / Athens Declaration Process, UNECE Water Convention – Purpose of the meeting


Mr. Bo Libert, Regional Adviser on Environment, UNECE

Mr. Michael Scoullos, Chairman, GWP-Med Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

Session II: Current Status of Water Resources Management in the extended Drin River Basin

09.30

Water Resources Management in the Drini sub-basin - Identifying and Addressing Challenges

 

- Mr. Skender Hasa, Head of Water Sector, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration, Albania Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin
10.00

Water Resources Management in the White Drin sub-basin - Identifying and Addressing Challenges

 

- Ms. Violeta Hoxha, Director of Water Department, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Kosovo (UN administered territory under UN Security Council resolution 1244) Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

10.30
Coffee Break
10.50

Water Resources Management in the Shkoder – Buna/Bojana sub-basin - Identifying and Addressing Challenges

 

- Mr. Viktor Subotic, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

11.20

Discussion: Identifying needs at the national and transboundary levels and options for addressing them

12.30

Lunch

Session III: Opportunities for the way forward at the extended Drin River Basin level and synergies with on going and planned projects supported by donors and international organisations

 

13.30

GEF “Lake Shkoder Integrated Ecosystem Management” Project

 

Mr. Agim Shimaj – National Project Coordinator, Albania Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

 

13.45

GEF “Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Prespa Lakes Basin of Albania, FYR-Macedonia and Greece” Project

 

Vladimir Mamaev, GEF Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

14.00

Activities of the UNECE Water Convention that can support the development of cooperation in the Drin River Basin

 

Mr. Bo Libert, Regional Adviser on Environment, UNECE Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

14.15

UNESCO – BRESCE’s foreseen supported activities in the Drin River Basin

Mr. Ezzio Todini, UNESCO – BRESCE
14.30

The Lake Ohrid Conservation Project a successful model of bilateral management of transboundary resources. Transfer from lake to… River basin management

 

Mr. Arian Meroli, Albanian Representative, Secretariat of the Lake Ohrid Watershed Committee Consultation Meeting on Integrated Management of the extended Drin River Basin

15.00

Synthesis - The way forward

 

Mr. Michael Scoullos, Chairman, GWP-Med
15.15

Interventions by participants
Discussion: Identifying possible synergies and ways of coordination for promoting transboundary cooperation for the integrated management of the Drin River Basin

17.00

Conclusions / End of Meeting