Danube River Protection Convention

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The Danube River Protection Convention forms the overall legal instrument for co-operation on transboundary water management in the Danube River Basin. The Convention was signed on June 29 1994 in Sofia (Bulgaria) by eleven of the Danube Riparian States – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine – and the European Community, and duly came into force in October 1998.

It aims to ensure that surface waters and groundwater within the Danube River Basin are managed and used in a sustainable manner and equitably.

Contents

Objective for Danube River Protection Convention

The main objective of the Danube River Protection Convention (DRPC) is to ensure that surface waters and groundwater within the Danube River Basin are managed and used sustainably and equitably.

This involves:

  • the conservation, improvement and rational use of surface waters and groundwater
  • preventive measures to control hazards originating from accidents involving floods, ice or hazardous substances
  • measures to reduce the pollution loads entering the Black Sea from sources in the Danube River Basin

The signatories to the DRPC have agreed to co-operate on fundamental water management issues by taking "all appropriate legal, administrative and technical measures to at least maintain and where possible improve the current water quality and environmental conditions of the Danube river and of the waters in its catchment area, and to prevent and reduce as far as possible adverse impacts and changes occurring or likely to be caused."

References

See also

Full Text of the Convention

External Resources

DRPC page on ICPDR


Attachments

 Convention on cooperation for the protection of Danube.pdf

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