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Joint environmental monitoring, assessment and exchange of information for integrated management of the Danube delta


  • Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), including:
    • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE);
    • Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);
    • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);
  • International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR);
  • Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (Romania);
  • Centre for Regional Studies (Ukraine);
  • Regional Centre for Ecological Studies “Ecos” (Republic of Moldova).

In addition Romanian, Ukrainian and Moldavian Water, Environment and Transport authorities, as well as a number of independent experts and consultants, were closely involved in the project's activities.

The project's goal was to improve environmental conditions in the Danube delta and cooperation between the riparian countries. In particular the project aimed at a better overall and mutual understanding of the effects of dredging on water balance, quality and the environment, and at establishing a framework for exchanging research and official information on environmental issues between Danube delta countries.

The project was built upon recommendations of the Espoo Convention's Inquiry commission, as well as on a decision of the Heads of Delegations to ICPDR (Odessa, December 2007) to co-operate towards achieving a good ecological status of the Danube delta in line with EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and international and regional environmental obligations. Such cooperation includes the preparation of a coordinated Danube Delta Analysis Report.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • Comprehensive report “Assessment of available information on the management of water resources in the Danube Delta Region (Romania, Ukraine, Moldova)”
  • Review of studies and results of state monitoring of environmental issues in the area;
  • Summary analytical report approved by the participating countries;
  • Outline of a monitoring and information system as a basis for decisions and dispute resolution;
  • Agreement on mechanisms for preparing the Danube Delta Analysis Report;
  • Conclusions on the arrangements to implement the obligations of the countries (Moldova/Ukraine/Romania) in the context of Article 8 of the Espoo Convention.

The international workshop bringing together all project psrtners and stakeholders was one of the key events of the project. It was held on 19-20 March 2009 in Izmail.

The workshop was aimed to discuss the draft report on Information Assessment Management on Water Resources in the Danube Delta and to facilitate cooperation between Ukraine, Romania and Moldova in the management of water resources in the region. The workshop allowed to identify strengths and weaknesses of the environmental monitoring system in the Danube Delta region. 

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