GWP representatives from Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova attended the "Integrated Water Management in the Balkans and Eastern Europe" Conference on 20-23 March in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Participants from 15 countries shared experiences and best practices in the field of integrated water management and climate change and discussed major topics regarding regional and transboundary waters.
National water experts and officials from Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water, the Executive Agency for the Environment, Heads of Bulgarian River Basins, Environmental Executive Agency, Water Regional Inspectorates also participated along with regional and local governments, NGOs, water suppliers, sewerage and water operators, water users and associations. The director of the International Network Basin Organisation, Jean-François Donzier presented the workplan of INBO and its role in the preparation of 6th World Water Forum. He also re-stressed the active and close cooperation of INBO and GWP presenting the joint Handbook on river basin management. Regional networks were encouraged to actively look for opportunities to enter and intervene in the 6th World Water Forum 2012 Preparatory Process that kicked off in Plovdiv.