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Fourth meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

20 - 22 November 2006

Bonn, Germany

Documents

HIGHLIGHTS
OPENING SPEECHES
BUREAU
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
PICTURES

HIGHLIGHTS

Parties adopted the Strategies for Monitoring and Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters which are based on the guidelines already developed by the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment, and on the experience with their implementation in pilot projects. The Meeting also agreed to develop new pilot projects in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA).

A Preliminary assessment of transboundary rivers in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and of selected lakes in the UNECE region was presented. The Parties reaffirmed that the assessment is an important tool to evaluate compliance with the Convention and progress achieved to protect and sustainably manage transboundary waters. As agreed at the previous meeting in 2003, the complete assessment of the status of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters in the UNECE Region will be submitted at the Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” in Belgrade, Serbia, in October 2007.

Parties, concerned with impact of natural disasters caused by extreme weather events, also adopted new Model provisions on transboundary flood management. The Model Provisions set out riparian countries’ obligations that could be included in legal instruments on transboundary waters or on flood management. By adopting these provisions, riparian countries commit to exchange information, to cooperate in setting up warning and alarm systems and to develop a long-term flood-management strategy.

Also, the Parties to the Water Convention jointly with the Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention adopted the Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for Pipelines. The Safety guidelines are intended to raise awareness and share experience and good practices among the competent authorities, pipeline operators and the public. As many pipelines cross borders between two or more countries, harmonization across the region was increasingly needed.

Parties, together with other countries and observers, participated in animated discussions on a new policy instrument: the Recommendations on the payments for ecosystem services in integrated water resources management. The Recommendations indicate measures to internalise costs and benefits of the services provided by water related ecosystems. The Recommendations will assist decision makers in making economically efficient, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable decisions. The Parties adopted the Recommendations and decided to develop pilot projects to test their application. Several countries will take the lead in pioneering their implementation.

Parties also decided to focus their future joint work on water and climate change and to develop a Strategy for the UNECE region on Water and Climate Adaptation. The Strategy will address possible impacts of climate change on flood and drought occurrences, health related aspects as well as practical ways to cope with the transboundary impacts through adaptation.

Another innovative decision of the Meeting was the involvement of the Convention and its secretariat in the development of National Policy Dialogues in EECCA countries in the framework of the EU Water Initiative. The National Policy Dialogues will assist countries to develop integrated water management plans, analyze water reform needs, identify priorities and define action plans to attain the agreed targets through a participatory process. The first policy dialogue will be launched in Moldova.

OPENING SPEECHES

Germany
UNECE
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia
Finland
Hungary
Switzerland
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The Netherlands

EECCA RECs
International Sava River Basin Commission
WHO-EURO

PRESENTATIONS

Presentations given during the fourth Meeting of the Parties are available here

DOCUMENTS

The agenda for the meeting and official documents are available here

BUREAU

The fourth Meeting of the Parties elected its new Bureau

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS PDF

PICTURES

Pictures of the fourth Meeting of the Parties are available here

DOCUMENTS

Document Title

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Provisional agenda

ECE/MP.WAT/18

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Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Parties

ECE/MP.WAT/19

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Declaration of Bonn, Rules of procedure for meetings of the Parties and Model Provisions on Transboundary Flood Management

ECE/MP.WAT/19/Add.1

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Programme of Work for 2007-2009

ECE/MP.WAT/19/Add.2

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Draft Rules of Procedures for the meetings of the Parties

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/1

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Report on the Implementation of the Workplan for 2004-2006, including an overview of contributions and expenditures

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/2

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Draft workplan for the period 2007-2009 (including a cost estimate)

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/3

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Model provisions on transboundary flood management

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/4

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Payments for ecosystem services in integrated water resources management

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/5

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EU Water Initiative in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia: national policy dialogues

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/6

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Progress Report of the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/7

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Safety guidelines and good practices for pipelines

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/8

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Report on the implementation of the conclusions and recommendatios of the Seminar on the prevention of chemical accidents and limitations of their impact on transboundary waters

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/9

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Technical Assistance and Implementation Projects

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/10

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Capacity for Water Cooperation (CWC) in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/11

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Strategies for monitoring and assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/12

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Inventory of technical guidance for monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/13

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Progress report on the activities of IWAC since 2003

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/14

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Report on the implementation of pilot projects on Transboundary Groundwaters, Rivers and Lakes

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/15

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Preliminary assessment of Transboundary rivers and lakes in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/16

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Preliminary Assessment of the Status of Transboundary lakes in the UNECE Region

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/16/Add.1

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Preliminary assessment of the status of Transboundary rivers discharging into the Caspian Sea and their Major Transboundary Tributaries

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/16/Add.2

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Preliminary assessment of Transboundary rivers discharging from EECCA countries to the Arctic Ocean and their major Transboundary tributaries

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/16/Add.3

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Preliminary assessment of Transboundary rivers in the Aral Sea basin and their Major transboundary tributaries

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/16/Add.4

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Preliminary assessment of other Major Transboundary rivers in Central Asia originating in or flowing through EECCA countries

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/16/Add.5

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Preliminary assessment of Transboundary rivers in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Discharging into the Black Sea and their Major Transboundary Tributaries

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/16/Add.6

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Database on Transboundary Waters in the UNECE Region

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/17

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The Environment and Security Initiative

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/18

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Draft declaration of Bonn

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/19

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Ratification Status of the Water Convention, its Amendments and its Protocols

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/INF.1

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Revised version of the model provisions on transboundary flood management

ECE/MP.WAT/2006/INF.2

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Agenda Item 6 (a) Flood prevention, protection and mitigation

Flood Task Force

by Mr. Thomas Stratenwerth, German Federal Ministry for the Environment

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Agenda Item 6 (e) Water and industrial accidents

UNECE Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents. Review of the Implementation of the Hamburg Recommendations. Safety Guidelines for Pipelines

by Mr. Pter Kovcs, Ministry of Environment and Water, Hungary

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Agenda Item 6 (d) EU Water Initiative

Support to Develop and Implement the EUWI EECCA Components Integrated Water Resources Management Activities

by Mr. Bo Libert, UNECE

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The EU Water Initiative. The EECCA Component

by Mr. Pierre Hecq, European Commission

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Agenda Item 6 (f) Technical assistance and implementation projects

Activities of the Regional Adviser and the Work Programme of the Water Convention

by Mr. Bo Libert, UNECE

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Agenda Item 7 (a) Strategies for monitoring and assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters

Strategies for Monitoring and Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters

by Ms. Lea Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute

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Agenda Item 7 (b) Technical guidance for monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters

Technical Guidance for Monitoring and Assessment

by Mr. Jos G. Timmerman, UNECE International Water Assessment Center

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Agenda Item 7 (c) International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC)

International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC)

by Mr. Jos G. Timmerman, UNECE International Water Assessment Center

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Agenda Item 7(e) Assessment of the status of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters in the UNECE region

A Preliminary Assessment on the Status of Transboundary Rivers and Lakes in the UNECE Region

by Ms. Lea Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute

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Assessments of Transboundary Water Bodies in the UNECE Region

by Mr. Rainer E. Enderlein, Consultant

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Agenda Item 7(f) Database on transboundary waters in the UNECE region

Database on Transboundary Waters

by Mr. Rainer E. Enderlein, Consultant

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The "EfE process" - from Dobris to Belgrade

by Ms. Beate Werner, European Environment Agency

PPT