OSCE, UNEP and UNECE Support Transboundary Water Cooperation on Dniester River

UNECE6 December 2011: Governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives from Ukraine and Moldova met to further develop transboundary water cooperation on the shared Dniester River, focusing on reducing risks from climate change by improving the adaptive capacity of the two countries.

The meeting took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 1-2 December 2011. Experts in the pilot project “Reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change in the Dniester Basin” met on the first day, to discuss: initial results of climate change and flood risk modeling; the installation of automatic flow monitoring stations; the development of an action plan on climate change adaptation and flood risk management; and how to communicate flood risks to the local population.

Participants in the project “Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River Basin: Phase III — Implementation of the Action Programme” (Dniester III) met on the second day, and considered progress achieved, including: the development of a bilateral agreement on the sustainable management of the Dniester River; and the establishment of transboundary cooperation on biodiversity, including the management of fish stocks. Both projects are jointly managed by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). [UNECE Press Release] [Project on Extreme Floods and Climate Change Website] [Dniester III Project Webpage]