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The Memorandum of Understanding for the Management of the Drin Basin

The Ministers responsible for water resources and environmental management of the Riparians and high level representatives signed in Tirana on 25 November 2011, the Memorandum of Understanding for the Management of the Extended Transboundary Drin Basin.

Drin MoU meeting - chairing table

The Strategic Shared Vision for the management of the Drin Basin forms the content of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The Strategic Shared Vision, as well as a number of priority actions for the promotion of multilateral coordination and cooperation, had been formed and elaborated through the Drin Dialogue.

As means for the implementation of the Shared Vision, the MoU identifies the main transboundary issues and provides for short-, medium- and long-term steps towards the integrated management of the Basin.

Objective of the MoU (Shared Vision)

The Parties committed to promote joint action for the coordinated integrated management of the shared water resources in the Drin Basin, as a means to safeguard and restore to the extent possible the ecosystems and the services they provide, and to promote sustainable development across the Drin Basin.

Goals of the MoU

The Parties to the MoU agreed to undertake concrete actions to address problems identified as affecting sustainable development in the entire Drin Basin or in one or more of the Sub-Basins:

(i) Improving access to comprehensive data and adequate information to fully understand the current state of the environment and the water resources and the hydrologic system (including surface, underground and coastal waters) as well as ecosystems of the Drin Basin;

(ii) Establish conditions for a sustainable use of water and other natural resources;

(iii) Develop cooperation and measures to minimize flooding especially in the lower parts of the Drin Basin;

(iv) Improve management and appropriate disposal of solid wastes;

(v) Decrease nutrient pollution deriving from untreated or poorly treated wastewater discharges and unsustainable agricultural practices;

(vi) Decrease pollution from hazardous substances such as heavy metals and pesticides;

(vii) Minimize effects of hydro-morphologic interventions that alter the nature of the hydrologic system and the supported ecosystems, resulting in their deterioration.

 

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The Memorandum of Understanding for the Management of the Drin Basin

 

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