Project duration: 04/2007-12/2008

Client: EVD, Agency for International Business and Co-operation, Unit for International Public Co-operation, The Hague, The Netherlands

Origin of Funding: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Croatia; Croatian Waters; Water Management Department for the Istrian Littoral Basin

The overall objective of this project is to assist the government of Croatia in fulfilling their obligations in order to become a full member of the European Union. The main purpose of the project is to ensure that Croatian Waters is capable to implement the EU Water Framework Directive in the Istrian-Littoral River Basin District.Activities: basic training on the content of the chapter and the requirements based on the guidance documents and the international developments; collection of data, processing of data, field visits, preparation of texts in close cooperation with beneficiaries; expert meetings on texts and findings.

Results: Strengthened capacity of Croatian Waters and other relevant parties to apply the Guidance Documents for implementation of the Water Framework Directive; Draft River Basin Management Plan for the Mirna River Basin, including a ‘road map’ to formulate the definitive plan; a dissemination plan for other river basins in the Istrian-Littoral River Basin District formulated and (partly) implemented

The project focuses on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the Mirna River basin. The WFD is designed to: develop integrated and coherent water policies; provide a safety net to identify water issues, which are not yet adequately addressed and which require action to remedy the situation; establish a sound basis for the collection and analysis of a large amount of information on the state of the aquatic environment to provide the essential information upon which the competent authority can develop sensible and sustainable policies; provide for transparency based on the publication and dissemination of information and public consultation.

The WFD requires its implementation based on a River Basin Management Plans (RBMP’s). For each river basin the WFD requires: an assessment of the characteristics of the basin; the establishment of a programme of measures to achieve the objectives of the Directive; the summarizing of the above in a RBMP; a public consultation of the plan.

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