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1 "How can the Danube Region help to have a more competitive Europe? ACTIVITIES AND ADDED VALUES OF PA 4 WATER QUALITY László Perger Co-coordinator of PA4, Hungary

2 OUTLINE Workflow model Results in Pillar B Targets (including actions) Actions (including projects) Road-maps (aim, structure, mandate) Projects Conclusion

3 IMPLEMENTATION PYRAMID OF THE EUSDR TARGETS Feedback Annual Reports PROJECTS ACTIONS ROADMAPS

4 RESULTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PILLAR B Harmonized project labelling procedure for promoting environmental project proposals in funding (LoR) Overall evaluation by jointly developed and used Pillar B Project Sheet for submitting of project (PS is available on PA4, PA5 and PA6 websites via ) Common meetings in case of joint actions and works Jointly organized region-wide events such as the 1st Annual Stakeholder Seminar Pillar B held in Budapest Pillar B cooperation is a unique solution in frame of the EUSDR

5 TARGETS (with Actions concerned) I. Reduce the nutrient levels in the Danube River to allow the recovery of the Black Sea ecosystems to conditions similar to 1960s (4 actions) 1. Action: To foster and develop an active process of dialogue and cooperation between authorities responsible for agriculture and environment to ensure that measures are taken to address agricultural pollution 2. Action: To legislate at the appropriate level to limit the presence of phosphates in detergents 3. Action: To establish buffer strips along the rivers to retain nutrients and to promote alternative collection and treatment of waste in small rural settlements 4. Action: To continue boosting major investments in building and upgrading urban wastewater treatment facilities across the Danube Basin, including measures to build capacity at the regional and local level for the design of such infrastructure

6 TARGETS (with Actions concerned) II. Achieve the management objectives set out in the Danube River Basin Management Plan (7 actions) 5. Action: To implement fully the Danube River Basin Management Plan 6. Action: To treat hazardous substances and contaminated sludge with the newest and best available technology and to develop and promote remediation measures for hazardous producing or abandoned industrial sites and waste deposits 7. Action: To promote measures to limit water abstraction 8. Action: To assure the proper control and progressive substitution of substances that are considered problematic for Danube Region 9. already Action: To continue to invest in and support the information collection systems developed by ICPDR" 10. Action: To strengthen general awareness and facilitate exchange of good practice in integrated water management issues in the Danube Basin among decisionmakers at all levels and among the population of the Region 11. Action: To promote measures aimed at reducing knowledge deficits, developing and transferring tools, methods and guidelines concerning the safeguarding of drinking water supply

7 TARGETS (with Actions concerned) III. Elaborate a Danube Delta Analysis Report by 2013 as a step towards completion of the Delta management Plan, which shall be adopted by Action: To further strengthen Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) practices on the Western shores of the Black Sea IV. Secure viable populations of Danube sturgeon species 13. Action: To reduce existing water continuity interruption for fish migration in the Danube river basin V. Elaborate, adopt and implement the sub basin management plans, such as Sava, Tisza and Prut sub basins 14. Action: To greatly strengthen cooperation at sub basin level

8 ACTION Groups (including project examples, with blue approved by SG and ready to submission, with red already financed) 1. Actions (1 & 14) for implementation of water quality relevant EU Directives & Strategies Project examples: ICZM Integrated Costal Zone Management in the Black Sea Region 2. Actions (2 & 6) for stronger EU by strengthening of cooperation between sub-regions, sub-basins, region countries and neighbourhood countries Project examples: Case studies on Tisza sub-basin, Pro Tisza, Early warning water quality monitoring, Danube Delta Sub-basin Analysis Report, Danube Delta Management Plan, Prut Management Plan, SEE River, SEWABIS, Hydrology Study for the Sava River Basin, Towards Sustainable Sediment using the Sava RB

9 ACTION Groups (including project examples, with blue approved by SG and ready to submission) 3. Actions (3, 4, 5, 8 & 10) for region development, innovation and competitiveness Project examples: Development of databases on inventories related to ARS, CS and MS, Further development of TNMN database, Development of database on inventories on HS, Monitoring survey on the Danube, Preparation of the JDS3 Report, Monitoring survey on the Tisza, Preparation of the JTS1 Report, Survey and assessment of hydro-ecology of the Tisza river, Membrane technology for specific contamination, Blue Danube, Programme for eco-friendly and site specific waste water treatment in case less then 2000 PE settlements, Survey on buffer zones, Feasibility study for restoring continuity at the Iron Gate dams, Danube Sediment Management

10 ACTION Groups (including project examples, with blue approved by SG and ready to submission, with red already financed) 4. Actions (7, 9 & 11) for sustainability by improvement and endorsement of rules and regulations Project examples: PS-RED Emission reduction of priority substances in the Danube Basin, CC-WARE Mitigating vulnerability of Water Resources under Climate Change 5. Actions (12 & 13) for region-wide knowledge transferring Projects examples: Potential projects on transboundary aquifer/river using for drinking water with common management and safeguarding zones, FOWaP- Forests for drinking water protection, Good Water, Protection and Sustainable use from alluvial aquifers

11 ROAD-MAPS AIM Presenting work-flow to facilitate implementation of an action by transparent way with function of managing and controlling STUCTURE Milestones (main steps for implementation with very definite titles) Works ( detailed but concisely drafted content of tasks) Outputs (documents, upgraded technologies, monitoring, investments, etc.) Responsible (most relevant groups, institutions, project leaders, etc.) Deadline (expected dates to fulfill tasks nominated in works and/or outputs) Funding (sources, institutions if any) MANDATE Presented and discussed on SG meetings Approved by SG members

12 PROJECTS Key expectation be of macro regional importance What kind of projects are of macro-regional importance? as much as possible country could be involved from the region to implement actions by projects, e.g.: CCWARE Mitigating Vulnerability of Water Resources (with 6 countries) Danube Sediment Management Assessment for Restoration of Sediment Balance in the Danube River Basin (with 8 countries) less country involved in contribution, nevertheless with high definition project result/effect towards improvement of the region, e.g.: Blue Danube Improved framework conditions for fast track ecoinnovation in waste water treatment (in cooperation two countries)

13 CONCLUSIONS

14 1. WHAT ARE ADDED VALUES OF PA4 TO RESTORING AND MAINTAINING OF THE QUALITY OF WATERS? The main action of the PA 4 (Water Quality) is the full implementation of the Danube River Basin Management Plan according to EUWFD and Blueprint to safeguard Europe s Water Resources, EU COM DG Environment, 2012 All other actions help the implementation of this main action through their detailed road maps and relevant projects with significant investment needs such as (be continued on next slide): On line monitoring for transboundary contamination, Upgrading for further decreasing of nutrient and organic loads by New investments of higher level of purification of UWWTPs, Treating of waste water in small rural settlements (less than 2000 PE) Upgrading of databases concerned water quality, Joint actions for transboundary (upstream downstream) effects, Smart using of shared groundwater aquifers,

15 1. WHAT ARE ADDED VALUES OF PA4 TO RESTORING AND MAINTAINING OF THE QUALITY OF WATERS? Remediation for contaminated sites, Using harmonized methodology for decreasing of HS contamination, Promoting of P detergents ban in the region, Restoration of sediment balance in the Danube and its tributaries (if any) highlighted on Drinking water supply based on river bank filtering, Protection of fluvial and standing water habitats, Smart water using focusing on Water shortage caused by climate change, Needs of ecological water flow, Using best practices and methods already applied and done in field of water quality (e.g. calculation and delineation of drinking water protecting zones)

16 2. WHAT ARE RESULTS AND OUTPUTS EXPECTED DURING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUSDR CONCERNED WATER? By implementation of PA4 actions promoting by GOVs and NGOs, there will be benefits on Region wide water quality (in ecology, morphology and chemical status), Water security in water supplies for human needs and ecological needs, Sustainability of economy and smart growing, Resilience for harmful effects of climate change, Solidarity between upstream and downstream countries in field of water resources management, Effectiveness in getting of earlier information providing by set up of a new on line monitoring system Transferring of knowledge and methods already somewhere used and/or proven

17 2. WHAT ARE RESULTS AND OUTPUTS EXPECTED DURING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUSDR CONCERNED WATER? By implementation of PA4 actions will be decreasing in Contamination of waters by nutrient, organic and hazardous substances loads, Nutrient charge of the Black Sea, Threatening and degradation of water related habitats by handling of river morphology, Exposal of river and other water depended habitats, Risk of water security and thus sustainability

18 3. SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND AND CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGIES USING FOR BETTER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUSDR Main principle: Using, in broader sense, all scientific results/outputs and/or technologies already proven such as: ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) for surveying of river bad morphology, Using high tech probes in new on line water quality monitoring system with GPRS (General Pocket Radio Service) in data forwarding for detecting of contamination arriving in water courses, Introduction of new micro and nanotechnologies for removing of pharmaceutical residuals from wastewater, Applying of GIS (Geographic Information System) in tracking of contamination plumes in space and time

19 4. WHICH HARMFULL EFFECTS WOULD BE EMERGED WITHOUT ACTIONS TO BE IMPLEMENTED? Will be significantly a negative effect into implementation of PoMs in the Danube River Basin Management Plan (achieving of good water status/potential) May be risky drinking water supply without introduction and application of the new water demand and resources management causing by climate change, People may take into account deterioration of ecological services due to lack of achievement of good water status (including water quantity, as well), Cooperation between upstream and downstream countries will be worse, Ecosystem of the Black Sea and its Coastal Zone status will deteriorate towards currently a non detectable level, Businessman have to take into account stopping of development and may take account declination of economy

20 Thank you for attention

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