Development and implementation of the Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe Basin Management Program

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Project ID

RER/02/G35/A/1G/72 (PIMS 2296)

Project Title

Development and implementation of the Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe Basin Management Program

Type

Focus Areas

Geographic Scope

Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe Basin (Russian Federation, Estonia)

Lead Organization(s)

GEF, UNDP (Implementing Agency), Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation (Executing Agency)

Project Partners

See also Peipsi Center Parterships: http://www.ctc.ee/index.php?menu_id=102&lang_id=2

Financing

Total: 4,775,000 (GEF 1,000,000; EU-TACIS 1,820,000; MANTRA 1 440,000; Danish EPA 655,000; EU-LIFE 170,000; NGOs 30,000)

Timeframe

January 2003 - January 2006

Status

Ongoing

Project website(s)

Contacts

Contents

Description

The overall objective of the Project is to develop and start implementation of a Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe Basin Management Program. This includes practical recommendations for the Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe nutrient load reduction and prevention, and the sustainable conservation of habitats and eco-systems in the cross-border regional context. The project ensures strengthening capacity of all stakeholders groups, as well as active involvement of them for preparation of the Management Program. The project substitutes uncoordinated small-scale projects that would be otherwise implemented separately on the Estonian and Russian sides without sufficient coordination, education, and public information component, and without taking into account interests of local stakeholder groups and wider public.

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication

Lessons Learned from PIR 2005 & 2004:

  • Exchange visits carried out at the beginning of the project to other, more experienced, projects dealing with the same kind of issues could contribute to the implementation of the newly-launched project by transferring lessons learned and best practices from other regions/project and provide an expert advise on how to deal with major challenges and to avoid possible problems already identified by other GEF projects.
  • Joint meeting of several GEF-funded projects (at least, on the country or regional level) could also benefit all engaged parties through experience exchange and presentation of the best practices. Also such meetings could help to transfer administrative experience to less advanced projects.
  • Project activities, depended on other co-financing projects or initiatives, may be heavily hampered by the delays and other problems going beyond of the project jurisdiction and managing such uncertainties represent a great challenge to many co-funded projects, having joint activities or measures with other initiatives funded by other donors and governed by different rules.
  • Joint meetings of several GEF-funded projects (at least, on the country or regional level) could also benefit all engaged parties through experience exchange and presentation of the best practices. Also such meetings could help to transfer administrative experience to less advanced projects. Recent meeting of several GEF projects under the international seminar, support by the project, showed both a great similarity of problems and issues and a big difference in used tools and methods which could be optimized based on the best experience.
  • It is worth to ensure sustainability of the developed by GEF projects SAPs and other strategic documents/programs at least on the initial stage because national governments often are not ready to finance all proposed measures that makes such documents only papers without real outcomes.

How have these Lessons been disseminated/shared?
1. through meeting with several GEF projects during the IW:LEARN / UNECE Workshop on information management and public participation in transboundary water cooperation organized in St.Petersburg in June 2005 and supported by the project.
2. sharing concerns with the partners , UNDP and evaluation team during the 3rd GEF evaluation meeting held in Moscow on 2nd February 2005.

References

See Also

Lessons from the Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe Basin Management Program

Kazakhstan - NGO Zhalgas-Counterpart - Civil Society Support Centre in Almaty

Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan - Formation of a Chu-Talas Rivers Commission

External Resources

Attachments

 PRESS RELEASE - Lake Peipsi 01Mar06.doc

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