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Eco-TIRAS

Actions:

1) Development of integrated water resources management (IWRM) plans for the Dniester River basin with action program

Eco-TIRAS will support the elaboration and implementation of the plans for management of the transboundary Dniester River and its tributaries by expertise and the wide involvement of environmental NGO-members in the consultation process.

2) Promotion of regular biomonitoring of natural waters, based on macroinvertebrates/algae, for rapid, cost-effective assessment of quality of water bodies

Eco-TIRAS recently supported the elaboration and publishing of the guide on water biomonitoring. Through its NGO–members, Eco-TIRAS will follow up on the implementation of biomonitoring practices on an NGO-level in the scale of the transboundary Dniester River and its tributaries, including for the elaboration of sub-basin action plans.

3) Application of the principle of environmental flow in rivers, ensuring the ecosystem needs/health. Development the use of payments for ecosystem services

Eco-TIRAS will support the evaluation of the role of forests, including their quality, in the formation of water resources and the modernization of land planning in favour of the revision of land use to implement climate change adaptation measures.

4) Implementation of Dniester River transboundary cooperation

Eco-TIRAS will support the signing and functioning of the Dniester River basin agreement, as well as participation in river commission and its working groups.

Progress reports:

2013:

All three actions are listed as "In Progress" in this report. The Dniester River Basin Treaty from the first action was signed by the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in Rome on 29 November 2012. The treaty has entered into force in Moldova as of 15 January 2013, but not yet in Ukraine. Eco-TIRAS also organized the International Dniester River Basin Conference, which took place in September 2013. This conference gathered together the stakeholders in the treaty to encourage the coming into force of the treaty and the development of priorities for the Dniester River Basin.

Additionally, three Eco-TIRAS-led expeditions by kayak along the Dniester River were expected to take place in the summer of 2013. Eco-TIRAS also mentioned that it has encountered difficulties in raising the funds necessary to campaign for the second and third actions.

2016:

To be submitted.

Challenges and lessons learned:

Eco-TIRAS' one point of feedback was in regards to their first action, where they noted a low political prioritization of the issues at stake, and a weak awareness of decision-makers in both the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Links for Eco-TIRAS:

Download the full text of Eco-TIRAS' actions as part of AWA: ENG

Download Eco-TIRAS' 2013 AWA progress report: ENG

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