Tisza River Basintransboundary cooperation             Péter Kovács       State secretary for water, Hungary            20...
HUNGARYIN THE DANUBE BASIN                      2
Human activities damaged the Tisza River Basin  31, 4, 5, 6: iStockphoto; 2: redsludge.bm.hu; 3: wikipedia, GFDL
Danube River Protection Convention   Legal frame for cooperation to assure protection         of water and ecological reso...
Stucture of co-operation                               ICPDR –                   Delegation of Contracting Parties        ...
• Assets   – The Tisza River Basin      • one of the most picturesque regions in Europe      • blessed with rich biodivers...
• Initiating cooperation in Tisza sub-basin scale  – In the frame of the 7th Ordinary Meeting of the    ICPDR (2004) count...
• Main pillars of the cooperation   – The framework of the work is the ICPDR, the cooperation     facilitated via ICPDR Se...
What has been done 2004-2012  – ICPDR Tisza Group has been established within    the framework of the ICPDR in 2004  – Exp...
Overview of the main achievements of ICPDR Tisza Group                                                     10
Challenges to be addressed in the TRB•   Water quality related pressures•   Water quantity related pressures•   Integratio...
Pressures – water qualityNutrient       Organic     Hazardous       Hydro-Pollution      Pollution   Substances   morpholo...
Pressures – water quantityFloods    Droughts   Climate change                                      13
Measures to be addressed• Identify measures to reduce impacts from pressures  (nutrient-, organic-, hazardous substance - ...
Implementation Implementation of the ITRBM Plan will be done in national level ICPDR Tisza Group will follow up on and m...
Ongoing activitiesRelevant project: EU Grant DRBMP-2012•  Development of the Tisza case study on agriculture and water man...
Other relevant activities• Further development of Communication Strategy for  Integrated Water Management in the Tisza Riv...
• Work still need to be done   – The next step is to implement the Joint Tisza Programme     of Measures to reach good sta...
• Lessons learnt   – The Tisza River Basin is a good example of coordinated     successful co-financing, bringing together...
Thank you for your kind attention !                                      20
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Hungary Tisza Cooperation. Peter Kovacs, State Secretary for Water, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary. Furthering water cooperation among nations and stakeholders. Making it happen! International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2012/2013. Preparing for the 2013 International Year. Water Cooperation: Making it Happen! 8-10 January 2013

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Hungary Tisza Cooperation

  1. 1. Tisza River Basintransboundary cooperation Péter Kovács State secretary for water, Hungary 2013.01.08-10, Zaragoza,Spain
  2. 2. HUNGARYIN THE DANUBE BASIN 2
  3. 3. Human activities damaged the Tisza River Basin 31, 4, 5, 6: iStockphoto; 2: redsludge.bm.hu; 3: wikipedia, GFDL
  4. 4. Danube River Protection Convention Legal frame for cooperation to assure protection of water and ecological resources and their sustainable use in the Danube River Basin. Signed: 29 June 1994, Sofia The main objectives of the Convention: - sustainable and equitable water management - conservation and rational use of surface and groundwater - contol of hazardous substances originating from accidents - control of floods and ice-hazards - reduction of pollution loads of Black sea 4
  5. 5. Stucture of co-operation ICPDR – Delegation of Contracting Parties ICPDR SecretaryRiver Basin Pressures and Monitoring andManagement Measures Working Assessment Flood ProtectionWorking Group Group Working Group Working Group (Ad Hoc) (Ad hoc) (Ad hoc) Strategic Tisza Expert Information and Public Relation EG EG Group GIS EG 5
  6. 6. • Assets – The Tisza River Basin • one of the most picturesque regions in Europe • blessed with rich biodiversity • it has unique freshwater ecosystems • percentage in the Danube River Basin is 19.5%• Problems to solve – Human influenced the region during recent centuries contributing to problems due to • Farming, forestry • Mining • River engineering 6
  7. 7. • Initiating cooperation in Tisza sub-basin scale – In the frame of the 7th Ordinary Meeting of the ICPDR (2004) counties adopted and signed the Tisza Memorandum of Understanding to • Develop the Tisza Analysis Report as a first step • Prepare the Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan • Implement the Program of Measures – In 2011 MoU renewed has been strengthened (Tisza Ministerial Meeting, 11 April 2011, Uzhgorod, Ukraine) 7
  8. 8. • Main pillars of the cooperation – The framework of the work is the ICPDR, the cooperation facilitated via ICPDR Secretariat – Work has been supported by all relevant ICPDR Expert Groups – Significant financing sources from • Countries of the Tisza River Basin (Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia) • European Commission • UNDP • GEF • UNEP Carpathian Convention 8
  9. 9. What has been done 2004-2012 – ICPDR Tisza Group has been established within the framework of the ICPDR in 2004 – Experts delegated to the ICPDR Tisza Group from all countries of the Tisza River Basin + observers – ICPDR Tisza Group (within the framework of the ICPDR) developed the Tisza Analysis Report (2007) and Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan (2010) 9
  10. 10. Overview of the main achievements of ICPDR Tisza Group 10
  11. 11. Challenges to be addressed in the TRB• Water quality related pressures• Water quantity related pressures• Integration of water quality and quantity in the TRB• Implementation of the Tisza Program of Measures(2011 – ongoing) Mello/ICPDR 11
  12. 12. Pressures – water qualityNutrient Organic Hazardous Hydro-Pollution Pollution Substances morphological Pollution Alterations 12
  13. 13. Pressures – water quantityFloods Droughts Climate change 13
  14. 14. Measures to be addressed• Identify measures to reduce impacts from pressures (nutrient-, organic-, hazardous substance - pollution, engineering work)• Identify measures with positive impact on both water quality and quantity…. to reach good water status by 2015 alexei iarochevitch alexei iarochevitch diana heilmann 14
  15. 15. Implementation Implementation of the ITRBM Plan will be done in national level ICPDR Tisza Group will follow up on and monitor implementation of Tisza PoM and will report about the process in the 2012 report and will summarize achievements in the 2nd TRBM Plan in 2015 15
  16. 16. Ongoing activitiesRelevant project: EU Grant DRBMP-2012• Development of the Tisza case study on agriculture and water management as well as• Development of the Tisza case study on climate change adaptation Agenda Item: 7.2 16
  17. 17. Other relevant activities• Further development of Communication Strategy for Integrated Water Management in the Tisza River Basin• US "IGERT" Program in Watershed Science & Policy: 2013 Research Partnership in the Tisza River Basin• Cooperation with UNEP Carpathian Convention Agenda Item: 7.2 17
  18. 18. • Work still need to be done – The next step is to implement the Joint Tisza Programme of Measures to reach good status of the waters of the Tisza River Basin supporting the sustainable development of the region• Challenges – Integrating water quality and quantity in land and water planning will be essential. To achieve this success in the Tisza River Basin, countries must work together and with all other partners – Countries have committed themselves for the continuation of the work, but future financial basis still need to be secured 18
  19. 19. • Lessons learnt – The Tisza River Basin is a good example of coordinated successful co-financing, bringing together diverse countries for commonly agreed goals – The described Tisza activities also exemplify how the benefits of financial funds can be maximized having high level commitments as a basis of the transboundary work• Replication potential – Danube Delta sub basin – Prut River Basin – Other sub basins (?) 19
  20. 20. Thank you for your kind attention ! 20
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