Highlights from the region
On 16 October 2019, GWP CEE convened a session ”Who is at the Table? Mobilizing for a Water Secure World” at Budapest Water Summit, a high-level event for the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The session introduced GWP's new Strategy and focused on the indispensable role that must be played by broad, inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships, which together mobilize to prevent water crises and to provide the solutions, governance, technology, financing to solve water problems.
The Danube Drought Conference, held on 7-8 May in Vienna focused on the challenges and joint cooperation in the area of drought management in the Danube region. Emphasizing the importance of a joint approach towards proactive and integrated drought management in the region.
The ministers of the five Tisza Countries met in Budapest in September 2019 to commit themselves to implement the draft Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan (ITRBMP) prepared within the JOINTISZA project
GWP Ukraine gathered stakeholders to evaluate the implementation of water-related SDGs in the country’s policy documents and legislation on 26 September 2019.The event took place in parallel with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) of 74th UN General Assembly, where Ukraine reported on the progress in achieving SDG 6.
In January 2019, the German, Czech and Slovak partners of Danube Floodplain project organized a one-day stakeholder consultation meeting held back-to-back with a workshop on ecosystem services.
On 15 February 2019, Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) and the International Association Of Water Supply Companies In The Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding is an excellent opportunity to complement the expertise and partnerships that the two organizations have built in their networks.
In March 2019, Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe and the EU Strategy For The Danube Region Priority Area 4 (Water Quality) and Priority Area 5 (Environmental Risks) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Read more
Youth in water governance
The Summer School "When the stakes are high: Water Engineering and Global Diplomacy for Sustainable Cities. Decentralized Sanitation, Recycling and Zero-waste concepts" took place on 18.-28. June 2019 in Piran, Slovenia.
The session “How can intergenerational dialogue facilitate youth inclusion in decision making?” held at the World Water Week 2019 aimed to present three regional perspectives - from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Africa and Central Asia, as well as a global view on youth engagement in decision making in the water sector.
In Autumn 2019, GWP CEE and emerging young water leaders organized 8 National Dialogues between youth and decision-makers in 8 Central and Eastern European countries.
Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe develops a Guide on How to Communicate Drought within its Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe, which aims to enhance the communication between water professionals and media expert about the issue of drought.
The main output of the JOINTISZA project is the ITRBMP Update, which includes the primary aspects of the Floods Directive, as well as the identified problems and suggested measures, to which contributed a basin-wide stakeholder consultation.
The Manual was developed in the frame of JOINTISZA project and provides a holistic framework to link the knowledge on different water sectors in the city.
Developed in the frame of JOINTISZA project, the Guideline explores methods of urban hydrology for middle-sized citites in Central and Eastern Europe, based on concrete reference sites
A new practical Guide for teachers was released in August 2019. It contains current information on water issues adapted to the level of student, various activities to ensure interactive and practical lesssons. The Handbook is designed in a flexible way, ie each activity can be used both individually and as a whole training block, which is suitable for all lessons.