Petersberg Process

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Interpretations and Explanations

Partnership Name

Petersberg Process - Phase II and the Athens Declaration Process

-> see also joint Petersberg Process Phase II / Athens Declaration Process

Contact

See IW:LEARN Activity D2...

Partners

GEF IW:LEARNGerman Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear SafetyGlobal Water PartnershipMediterranean (GWP-Med)Hellenic Ministry for Foreign AffairsInternational Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans (INWEB)UNECEUNESCO-IHP - International Shared Aquifers Resource Management Programme (ISARM) (External Link) • World Bank

Geographical Focus Area

South Eastern Europe (SEE)

Subject Focus Area

Transboundary Cooperation and Water Management (in SEE)

URL

http://www.watersee.net

Map and Inventory of Shared Surface Water Bodies in the Balkans

Description

The Petersberg Process is intended to provide support to translate into action the current developments and opportunities for future cooperation on transboundary river, lake and groundwater management in SEE. The Petersberg Process is a joint effort of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the World Bank. The Petersberg Process was launched in 1998 and is currently entering its Phase II.

The Petersberg Process is an initiative jointly coordinated by the German Government and the World Bank, launched in March 1998. Under Phase I of the process a ministerial level roundtable was held at Petersberg, Germany ( that resulted in the "Petersberg Declaration" which supports "water as a catalyst for cooperation." This was followed by roundtables of senior level experts on transboundary river basin and lake management (Berlin), lessons learned from management of transboundary waters in the Baltic Sea Region (Vilnius), experience in the Rhine River Basin (Bonn); and a special meeting on transboundary water management to support preparation of the World Bank Water Resources Strategy (Berlin).

The Petersberg Phase I
The Petersberg Process is a German initiative stemming from the "Petersberg Round Tables on Trans-boundary Waters," which was launched in March 1998 as a joint effort of the German Government and the World Bank. The first conference was held at Petersberg near Bonn, on 3-5 March 1998, and highlighted water as an opportunity for close regional cooperation from a global perspective. Recognizing that water is a key natural resource for future prosperity and stability, the conference focused on review of mechanisms and instruments to support the use of water as a catalyst for regional cooperation rather than a source of potential conflict. It was recognized that the availability of water and access to its utilization are crucial to the economic well being not only of individuals, but also of entire regions.
The Petersberg Process - Phase II
Although the Petersberg Process has been global in scope, a major focus of the Petersberg Process – Phase II is intended to provide support to translate into action the current developments and opportunities for future cooperation on transboundary river, lake and groundwater management in SEE. A Concept Paper on the further development of the Petersberg Process – Phase II has been prepared and presented at a planning meeting between cooperating parties hosted by the Government of Germany, 6-7 December 2004, in Rudesheim, Germany.

To date, the German Government has organized four Round Tables on Trans-boundary Waters together with the World Bank. The Round Tables facilitated an open debate on the problems of trans-boundary water management and the development of an integrated approach to resolving them. The issue was addressed from the perspective of development, environment, security and economic policy. An informal circle, including ministers, senior policy makers, academics, representatives of international organizations and NGOs outlined the problems of trans-boundary water management and examined regional case studies.

A revised Concept Paper
has been prepared on the occasion of the Roundtable on Protection and Sustainable Use of Transboundary Waters in South Eastern Europe (Berlin, Germany, 5 – 7 December 2005). The Concept Paper presents the background of the process, updates on activities undertaken and synergies with on-going initiatives and describes future orientation and next steps foreseen.

Recent Events

Berlin Roundtable, 5-7 Dec 2005:

  • Side-meeting: 2nd IW:LEARN Activity D2 coordination meeting

Related Documents

Upcoming

  • "Black Sea Trading Meeting": April 2007
  • UNECE/Italy Belgrade Workshop
  • Workplan (with workshops) to be established
  • Second Capacity Building Workshop, Oct 2006: Lake Basin management (supported by World Bank, see also new WB-Report on Lake Basin Management??)
  • next Activity D2 coordination workshop: Thessaloniki, April 2006
  • workshop/roundtable on Nestos River (Greece, Bulgaria), 2006/07

References

Process WHO-Lexicon page (translations and examples)

See also

Petersberg Process

External Resources

Attachments

 IW LEARN Act D2 - Conclusions 2nd Coordination meeting Berlin 7 12 2004 Draft.doc  WRM in SE Europe - WB 2003 V1.pdf  WRM in SE Europe - WB 2003 V2.pdf  Petersberg Phase II - Concept Paper.pdf

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