Protection and Sustainable Use of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System

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Project ID

GEF ID 3690

Project Title

Protection and Sustainable Use of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System

Focus Areas

Geographic Scope

Lead Organization(s)

Project Partners

Financing

Total: $2,360,000;

Sources of Financing: Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Timeframe

2008 - 2013

Status

Under Implementation

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Description

The proposed project is the first ever attempted globally to introduce sustainable integrated management principles in a transboundary karstic freshwater aquifer of the magnitude of the Dinaric Karst System. At the global level the project aims at focusing the attention of the international community on the huge but vulnerable water resources contained in karst aquifers (carbonatic rock formations), which are widespread globally, but poorly understood. The Dinaric Karst Aquifer System, shared by 4 countries and one of the world’s largest, has been identified as an ideal opportunity for applying new and integrated management approaches to these unique freshwater resources and ecosystems. At the regional level the project’s objectives are:


  • (i) facilitate the equitable and sustainable utilization of the transboundary water resources of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System, and
  • (ii) protect the unique groundwater dependent ecosystems that characterize the Dinaric Karst region of the Balkan peninsula.


These objectives are expected to be achieved through a concerted multi-country effort involving improvement in scientific understanding, the building of political consensus around key reforms and new policies, the enhanced coordination among countries, donors, projects and agencies, and the consolidation of national and international support.

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication

References

See also

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