A Nexus dialogue in the Drina basin is ongoing since 2014 through the UNECE Water Convention, including the Sava Nexus Assessment (2014-2016), the (Phase I) Drina Nexus Assessment (2016-2017) and the Drina Nexus Follow-Up Project (2018-2019).
Following up on these projects and their outcomes, a “Phase II” Drina Nexus Assessment is being prepared under SEE Nexus Project, funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and implemented by GWP-Med in partnership with the UNECE.
The Assessment serves two aims.
The first one is to deepen the analysis of two crucial issues for development and transboundary cooperation that emerged in the previous projects. These are:
i. the future of Renewable Energy -and the role of hydropower in particular- in the basin and the riparian countries overall, with the use of a multi-country integrated water-energy model taking into account policy, climate, environmental, resource, technical and budget constraints
ii. agreeing about key aspects of flow regulation in the basin, taking into account all water uses and functions, including the environment, and progress towards formalizing some of these aspects
The second, subsequent aim, is to set the basis for the development of a Drina Nexus Roadmap/Strategy, translating the recommendations from the Assessments into political commitments.
Further to the Assessment and the Roadmap, activities under the SEE Nexus Project include:
- the preparation of a Project Document / Investment fiche for a Nexus priority issue to be identified under the Assessment
- a capacity building workshop on Nexus-related issues and tools, primarily targeting staff of key institutions from the riparian countries
- a gender capacities development workshop focusing on gender dimensions in the promotion of green energy and sustainable development in the basin
All activities are informed and guided by a participatory consultation process through national and transboundary consultation meetings involving stakeholders from a broad range of institutions and sectors.
To provide overall guidance and ensure alignment of activities with national and transboundary priorities and strategies, an ad-hoc Steering Committee has been established in September involving senior officials from Ministries and Agencies of the riparian countries responsible for water resources management, energy policy and environmental protection.
For more information on related activities, see news items below
- Expert Group Meeting on Flow Regulation and Environmental Flows in the Drina River basin, 29 March 2021
- Gender dimensions in the sustainable management of natural resources through a Nexus approach in the Drina River Basin, 23 June 2021
- Introduction to the Climate-Land-Energy-Water (CLEWs) modelling framework and its use in the Nexus Assessment of the Drina River Basin, 8-9 July 2021