Technical assistance in the preparation and implementation of the Sava River Basin Management Plan

Country: Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia (participating country)
Client: European Commission, Directorate General for Environment ("DG ENV"), International Sava River Basin Commission
Duration: 12/2009 - 12/2011
Project partners: VVMZ spol. s.r.o. (SK), Water Research Institute (SK)

The overall objective of the project is to facilitate the approximation to the EU environmental acquis especially in the field of water through the identification of priority objectives common to the beneficiary countries as a whole and by encouraging a more strategic focus to the use of available financing and ensuring coordinated action between all planning and financial instruments operating in the region, in particular as regards integrated river basin management according to the WFD (also including navigation, hydropower, flood prevention and agriculture).

The purposes of this project are as follows:

The main goal of the project is to facilitate the preparation of the Sava River Basin Management plan. In particular the capacities in the Sava Commission and in the beneficiary countries will be strengthened. The project includes strengthening of the integration of planning and institutional capacity in the region to structure environment infrastructure investments, approximation to the EU environmental acquis, especially in the field of water and ultimately improvement of the environmental conditions and protection of water resources and of freshwater ecosystems. In particular, by ensuring that the necessary strengthening of capacity is addressed (through training, development of best practices and assistance to water sector reform) the project is contributing to the sustainability of operations.

Experts of Environmental Institute are responsible for the following: