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Integrated Water Resources Management in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. European Union Water Initiative National Policy Dialogues progress report 2013

The European Union Water Initiative was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The Initiative takes a
partnership approach with national Governments, donors, the water industry, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders. Through National Policy Dialogues (NPDs) in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, the Initiative aims to strengthen coordination and cooperation between sectors to improve water management and facilitate more effective development assistance in the water sector.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, through the secretariat of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, is the strategic partner of the European Union to support NPDs on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is the strategic partner for NPDs on Water Supply and Sanitation, as well as economic and financial aspects of water resources management.

This publication gives an overview of implementation of IWRM principles and water sector reforms in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The report is structured in accordance with key IWRM principles and it describes the efforts to create institutional and legal frameworks and implement IWRM principles in these countries. It also details the contribution of NPDs to this process, and provides conclusions and recommendations for the further development of the NPDs on IWRM. The report does not deal with transboundary water management issues. A second benchmarking report is envisaged for the end of 2015.

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