UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project

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<p>Cooperation at regional level among the Danube stakeholders involved in activities to improve water quality is a key of success for protection and sustainable use of the Danube River and its resources.</p>
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Cooperation at regional level among the Danube stakeholders involved in activities to improve water quality is a key of success for protection and sustainable use of the Danube River and its resources.
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<p>The Danube Regional Project (DRP) is closely working with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), which is the project's main "client", besides the Danube and its People. The ICPDR is an international organisation consisting of 13 cooperating states and European Union, implementing the Danube River Protection Convention. </p>
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<p>The Danube Regional Project (DRP) is closely working with the <b>International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River</b> (ICPDR), which is the project's main "client", besides the Danube and its People. The ICPDR is an international organisation consisting of 13 cooperating states and European Union, implementing the Danube River Protection Convention. </p>
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<p>The World Bank Investment Fund and the Black Sea Ecosystems Recovery Project (BSERP) are the family members of the GEF Danube / Black Sea Strategic Partnership, where also the Danube Regional Project belongs. All together, they are addressing transboundary environmental degradation in the Danube/Black Sea basin, the DRP and the BSERP through policy and legal reform, public awareness raising, and institutional strengthening and World Bank Investment Fund through funding investments in nutrient reduction as part of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, agricultural pollution control and wetland restoration projects in individual countries. </p>
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<p><b>The World Bank Investment Fund</b> and the <b>Black Sea Ecosystems Recovery Project</b> (BSERP) are the family members of the GEF Danube / Black Sea Strategic Partnership, where also the Danube Regional Project belongs. All together, they are addressing transboundary environmental degradation in the Danube/Black Sea basin, the DRP and the BSERP through policy and legal reform, public awareness raising, and institutional strengthening and World Bank Investment Fund through funding investments in nutrient reduction as part of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, agricultural pollution control and wetland restoration projects in individual countries. </p>
<p>The current Agriculture project component is implemented by Carl Bro and Danish Agricultural Advisory Service in cooperation with a Partner in each of the 7 lower Danube Countries</p>
<p>The current Agriculture project component is implemented by Carl Bro and Danish Agricultural Advisory Service in cooperation with a Partner in each of the 7 lower Danube Countries</p>

Revision as of 10:00, 16 August 2006


Contents

Title, Short Description, Identifiers

Project/Initiative

UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project: Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrients Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin

Subproject: Reduction of Pollution Releases through Agricultural Policy change and Demonstrations by Pilot Projects

Synopsis / Summary

One of the largest project components of the Danube Regional Project focuses on assisting the DRB countries in designing new agricultural point and non-point source pollution control policies and legislation towards sustainable land use and agricultural practices ("sustainable agriculture"), as well as compliance and enforcement plans in line with the existing and emerging (driven by EU accession process) national legislation.

Within the Phase 1 activities, the agricultural policies and their enforcement in DRB countries was analysed and an inventory of pesticide and fertilizers was prepared and use assessed. The existing situation in policy development and implementation of Best Agricultural Practice (BAP) in Danube countries was reviewed and analysed, and a concept for introduction of BAP was developed. Guidelines for manure handling were developed in national languages.

In Phase 2 of the Project policy and legal recommendations are being developed for DRB governments to reinforce the introduction of BAP and to optimize the use of agrochemicals.

The main focus of this assistance is to identify for each DRB country the main administrative, institutional and funding deficiencies and to develop priority reform measures for policies which are expected to best support the integration of environmental concerns into farm management (BAP), including improvements in the handling of manure and sludge from livestock operations, minimization of the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, promotion of improved tillage methods, management of restored wetlands, creation of buffer zones and farmer education and outreach activities.

Location of Experience

The recent Danube Regional Project was launched in December 2001, is planned for period of 5 years and is implemented in two phases. The beneficary countries are Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. Participating countries are Germany and Austria.

The project covers the whole Danube River Basin and the project component on Agriculture is primarily focused on the downstream Danube Countries.<p> NAME OF INVOLVED/RELEVANT COUNTRIES, SUB-REGIONS, RIVERS/LAKES HERE

UNDP's / Partner's Role

Cooperation at regional level among the Danube stakeholders involved in activities to improve water quality is a key of success for protection and sustainable use of the Danube River and its resources.

<p>The Danube Regional Project (DRP) is closely working with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), which is the project's main "client", besides the Danube and its People. The ICPDR is an international organisation consisting of 13 cooperating states and European Union, implementing the Danube River Protection Convention.

The World Bank Investment Fund and the Black Sea Ecosystems Recovery Project (BSERP) are the family members of the GEF Danube / Black Sea Strategic Partnership, where also the Danube Regional Project belongs. All together, they are addressing transboundary environmental degradation in the Danube/Black Sea basin, the DRP and the BSERP through policy and legal reform, public awareness raising, and institutional strengthening and World Bank Investment Fund through funding investments in nutrient reduction as part of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, agricultural pollution control and wetland restoration projects in individual countries.

The current Agriculture project component is implemented by Carl Bro and Danish Agricultural Advisory Service in cooperation with a Partner in each of the 7 lower Danube Countries

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Timeframe & Status

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Contact

Peter Whalley

Environmental Specialist

UNDP / GEF Danube Regional Project

Tel: +43-1-26060-4023

Fax: +43-1-26060-5837

www.undp-drp.org



The Problem (Need for Action)

In this chapter, describe the Issue(s)/Problem(s) tackled by the project/intervention
Was there a problem that required this project/intervention?
What was/is the need to act?

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Background

Re-write the usual "Background" so as to answer the question
What was the issue to be solved?
What was wrong/didn’t function/need fixing?
Why was there a need to act?
Best if written from the perspective of an individual, family or group/community. Interviews w/locals give a nice touch early on, if indeed they can set the problem succinctly and clearly (which they usually do, in simple, moving and powerful every-day language...)


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Goal and Objectives

Goal or purpose of the project/intervention
For example: secure access to water by the poor? Water governance in irrigation? Private sector participation? National policy on water governance (revision of laws, localizing water governance, etc…)? Resolve conflicts? save water resources? etc..


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The Solution (Description of Action Taken)

In this section, describe how the project/intervention answered the need set in the preivous chapter ("The Problem"). Explain the "path" that led to the results.
Cover all points below, like in a press story (what, who, where, when, how?)

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WHAT

Write about what specific solution was used to tackle the Problem described above

Specify:

  1. The setting (same as "Context"): the different institutional, legislative, social, economic and technical dimensions;
  2. Description of the solution: What approach was chosen? Main outcomes? What was the intended change? What change has eventually been achieved?
  3. Innovation: What is special about this solution/intervention? What makes it different from other approaches?


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WHO

Describe the main stakeholders
Who is implementing?
Who are the stakeholders?
What is the involvement of UNDP, if any?
And who were the project’s direct beneficiaries?
Also,

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WHERE

Show the geographic and socio-economic context
What is the location of the experience?
Any important contextual details: in the countryside, in the city, in a protected area, coastal zone, wetland?
Who lives in this area? What socio-economic / ethnic factors are important?
What are the active groups (farmers, user groups, women…)?

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WHEN

Mention the duration and time-related aspects
When was the project implemented?
What's the status/progress of the project/intervention?
Was the duration appropriate, too long, needed for such a project to evolve?
Does/did time-related factors have any specific influence/impact on the experience?


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HOW

Describe step by step how the project/intervention was set up/implemented

Try to address the following points:

  1. Specify the steps taken/necessary (if possible/relevant starting in reverse chronological order — the last activity first and then moving back to the initial first steps)
  2. Make sure to keep in mind the initial Issue/Problem and tie whatever activity to how well it responds to and/or solves the problem identified in the previous chapter
  3. Focus on the five Main themes of the HDR 2006 to show the linkages between field-based activities and analysis/policy
  4. Stress on innovation versus traditional approaches: Has traditional knowledge/patterns been applied/supported? How did they contribute to advancing the project/intervention? What sort of innovative steps were adopted instead? How well was this all received by beneficiaries; or was there resistance to change?
  5. Cooperation between the partners / stakeholders: How did it work?
  6. External factors/challenges: What influences from outside had an impact on the project/intervention? Were there any specific challenges to overcome?
  7. Finally: What did it cost? What was the Source of Funding: UNDP, donors, government, others?


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The Analysis (Results and Lessons Learned)

In this section, make sure you describe the main results and how/why the "Solution" described in the previous chapter has solved the problems/issues/challenges.
What has been achieved? What are the changes?
What went as planned, what not?
Any insights / lessons learned for future activities?
Also focus on unintended consequences: Surprises, new challenges or new opportunities. Explain why the "path" had led to the results.

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Main Results

Describe the main outcomes
What concrete achievements have been made?
What is different / what has changed for the beneficiaries?

For example, detailing the main outcomes and their impact in terms of changes/contribution made towards:

  1. Management and access;
  2. public-private partnerships;
  3. water production and environment; or
  4. sanitation & security

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Lessons Learned & Replication

To-the-point analysis on WHY the results have (or have not) been achieved
  1. Highlight key elements that were helpful / hindering in the process
  2. Stress on facilitating factors as well as challenges/barriers that contributed to success/failure of parts of the intervention/project.
Why was this a success? Why have certain results not been achieved?
What specifically do you think has triggered certain developments?
Had changes been made to the original plans? Why?
What is the difference compared to other, similar experiences?
  1. Try to identify patterns behind the process or outcome, or important lessons, that would be useful for others planning a similar intervention/project
Would you do everything the same way again? Why? What would you change?
What are key recommendations for similar endeavours? How would you go about to replicate thsi project/experience?


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Testimonies, Opinions, Validation (Reality Check)

"Voices from the field"
For instance, document excerpts from interviews with beneficiaries or other stakeholders to reflect the impact of the intervention and/or the actual or perceived results through a "field lense".
Questions for interviews could inculde
How would you describe the project / the results?
Which problems have been solved? What remains to be done?
Did you learn anything throug/during/becaus of this intervention? Any major insights?
Did everything go as you expected? Were there surprises? Unexpected developments?
Etc...
What has changed compared to the initial problem/situation?

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Outlook (Conclusions and Next Steps)

In this last sub-section, give a short outlook about what else is expected in this project/intervention
Have the results and processes been institutionalized? How?
What has been / will be done to ensure that they are sustained beyond the timeframe of the project/intervention?
What further interventions would be necessary to tackle remaining/new issues?


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References, Sources, and Further Information

Interviewees and Key Contacts

List names and addresses (e-mail, postal) of all people interviewed or resource persons cited
Also indicate who could give further information


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Sorce Documents, References, Cross-Links, and Further Readings

1. Indicate all sources of information used

Apply bibliographic citation
Provide URLs for online documents or note address where printed documents are held

2. Create links to similar projects and/or useful information on WaterWiki or external webpages

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