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ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT PRACTICE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE MEETING27-28 September, Bratislava, Slovakia (City Hotel Bratislava)

Workshop Report - Water Governance Sessions

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SESSION 2: UPDATE ON "WATER GOVERNANCE" SUB-PRACTICE

Welcome
Juerg Staudenmann, UNDP Regional Water Governance Advisor


Regional Programme and project activities

Update on Regional (GEF-IW) projects and activities
Juerg Staudenmann, UNDP Regional Water Governance Advisor


GEF 4 - Upddate on Strategic Priorities and Programming in International Water Focal Area 
Vladimir Mamaev, UNDP/GEF Regional Coordinator on International Waters and Land Degradation


  • Strategic objectives for IW focal area under GEF 4 envisages a move from assessment (TDA) and planning (SAP) stage to practical implementation (60% of the total IW allocation for GEF 4);
  • Under GEF 4 assistance to traditional capacity building regional IW projects will be provided to a limited number of new transboudary watersheds (e.g. Kura/Ara river) and will account for 20% of the total IW allocation for the next GEF programming cycle;
  • GEF will also support implementation of a number of demonstration projects to design and test innovative approaches to water management, such as establishing public-private partnerships or national-level IWRM projects;
  • Increasing emphasis on co-financing, better donor coordination and knowledge management.


IW
LEARN - GEF's International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network
Vladimir Mamaev, UNDP/GEF Regional Coordinator on International Waters and Land Degradation



Reducing Transboundary Degradation in the Kura/Aras River Basin
Mariam Shotadze, UNDP Georgia


Summary of lessons learnt:
  • Cross-sectoral and incentive-based approach proved to be useful for establishment of functioning and efficient Project Advisory committee;
  • Direct Execution (DEX), if fully operational, proved to be effective modality for regional project;
  • While regional co-operation between technical experts is possible, it is difficult to achieve for senior decision- and policy-makers, hence, low political profile of the initiative;
  • To provide for an integrated water management approach the focus of the project should be expanded to other media and economic sectors (e.g. hydropower).


National-level projects & activities

UNDP Kazakhstan
National Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Efficiency Plan
Juerg Staudenmann, BRC (on behalf of UNDP Kazakhstan colleagues)


Summary of lessons learnt:
  • Energy & Water Nexus can be seen as possibility for cooperation. Always keep this in mind for Central Asia.
  • Also, try to solve the national issues first and then expand to other nearlying countries. Maybe combination.
  • Preparatory stage, consultations and consensus building among project partners may take much longer than anticipated;
  • In Central Asian context, Energy & Water nexus should be seen as possibility for regional cooperation;
  • Bottom-up approach is important: first build national and local capacities and after that scale up at the regional level and replicate in neighboring countries;
  • Though decentralization seems to be the right approach to IWRM, it may create unclear ownership framework at local level and thus de-motivate potential investors.


Convergence with EU Water Quality Standards in Moldova</b>
Margareta Petrusevschi, Programme Officer, UNDP Moldova


Summary of lessons learnt (preparatory stage):
  • Full compliance with EU Water Quality Standards technically and economically not realistic for Moldova under current circumstances;
  • Poor water quality represents serious barrier to economic development and poverty reduction
  • Building real community of practitioners, continuous active communication and information exchange, joint priority setting are key for the success of every imitative.

Q&A:

Will the implementation of EU Water Quality Standards and Action Plan include monitoring of water quality plan? Are financing available?
-> Yes monitoring will be included. Mainly internal resources with some support from SIDA

National Environmental Fund will be used (last year $2m)


Group brainstorming: Opportunities for future programming, knowledge products, BRC support?

(See also original transcript)

Summary
  • Potential project ideas that COs would like develop now after the meeting: rural and municipal water supply, exploring linkages between water reform and poverty, institutional and policy planning framework for IWRM, public participation in water management; etc
  • Which type of knowledge product is needed to support project development in Water Governance area: information of existing projects and on-going activities, EU legislation and funding priorities, advice on international expertise, case studies
  • Which kind of support and services is expected from Bratislava: training, support in resource mobilization, provision of expertise and information, etc.


Knowledge Management in Water Governance

BRC Strategic Work Programme (This agenda item has been skipped due to shortage of time).

See also: Strategic Workplan (2006/07) for Strengthening the Water Governance Sub-Practice in Europe & CIS


Presentation of WaterWiki
Our new on-line collaboration and knowledge management tool
Anna Maron and Mikel Maron, UNDP Bratislava
Presentation on WaterWiki
Summary of Discussion on Water-Wiki (follow link for original/full transcript of the discussion):
  • The WaterWiki is open to anyone. Login is required (via UNDP-Intranet Login) to be able to edit and upload documents; for non-UNDP staff members a Login can be provided by Juerg Staudenmann;
  • It only covers Water Governance issues to keep it small and focused; but if piloting proves to be successful, the model can be replicated to other sub-practices or whole E&E Practice;
  • It is not only Bratislava’s responsibility to provide and moderate the information flows: it is the responsibility of every member of the Community of Practice;
  • It is important to ensure that WaterWiki does not duplicate or repeat the information and efforts undertaken elsewhere: for instance it will be linked with IWLEARN so that both knowledge source on IW can complement each other.


--> Visit the newly established Water Governance CoP Workspace, where you can contribute with your suggestions and inputs!

Other sessions

Full E&E CoP Meeting 2005 Report (all sessions)

Overall Workshop Objectives

The Energy and Environment Community of Practice (COP) has been formed as the result of the COP workshop held in June 2004, in Bratislava and the GEF training held in September 2004, in Almaty. At both of these meetings, the UNDP Environmental Focal Points from the Country Offices and Regional Center discussed the concept of the "community of practice" and benefits of knowledge management tools and products. Since then, there have been a number of new developments at the Energy and Environment Practice in Bratislava as well as GEF Operational Programmes and Strategic Priorities.
The COP workshop was focusing on two main aspects: updates and information on the GEF Operational Programmes and Strategic Priorities, as well as non-GEF initiative and news regarding emerging and future priorities of the Energy and Environment Practice and Regional Programme Document. Most importantly CO-experiences and needs in terms of support from your E&E Practice in Bratislava have been discussed.
Following the agreements reached at the previous meetings, the Energy and Environment Practice organized a regional COP workshop with the following objectives:
  • To update the UNDP Environmental Focal Points on the new requirements and guidance of GEF Secretariat in the areas of Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Land Management, International Waters, and Multi-Sectoral Policies including Capacity Building.
  • To analyze and discuss the integration of UNDP-GEF, Regional Program and Country Office programs and activities within a Practice framework.
  • To discuss the regional priorities and new entry points for the Energy and Environment Practice in the next Regional Programme Document for 2006-2010 (formerly called ‘Regional Cooperation Framework’).
  • To discuss existing and potential knowledge management and regional networking initiatives and opportunities for strengthened UNDP CO-support from Bratislava’s Energy and Environment practice.

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 CoP Staudenmann Reg Projects Update Sep05.ppt  IW GEF-4 Presentation at the COP meeting 27Sept05 BRT.ppt  IWLEARN Overview 2005-09-COP meeting 27Sept05 BRT.ppt  Mariam Shotadze ppt on Kura aras sida component.ppt  Kazakhstan IWRM ppt for CoP-eeting Sep05.ppt  MOLD CoP E&E Water QS.ppt  CoP Staudenmann WatGov Strategy Sep05.ppt  EE COP report Sept05.doc

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