Project duration: 09/2011 – 12/2012

Client: UNESCO

Team leader: Ana Pavičić Kaselj

The DIKTAS Project (2010 – 2014) is initiated by the aquifer-sharing states and is a full-size GEF regional project, implemented by UNDP and executed by UNESCO. The activities of the project focus on Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro. The objective of the Project is to introduce sustainable integrated management principles in a transboundary karst freshwater aquifer of the magnitude of the Dinaric Karst System. It is a collective effort to: facilitate the equitable and sustainable utilization of the transboundary water resources of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer Systems shared by several countries. Its goal is to protect the unique groundwater dependent ecosystems that characterize the Dinaric Karst region of the Balkan Peninsula. The project activities are divided into four components: 1. Improving the understanding of the resources and of its environmental status, 2. Establishing cooperation mechanisms among countries sharing the aquifer, 3. Facilitating the harmonization of policies and priority reforms and 4. Communication, dissemination and replication activities. Component four has the key purpose of raising awareness about the project topics and of involving stakeholders in the project activities. Under the fourth component Stakeholders and Public Participation Strategy (SPPS) has been developed that seek to integrate information, strategic communication, stakeholders consultation and involvement actions into the Project strategy, increment activities, and execution, contributing to the accomplishment of its aims and objectives and benefit Project implementation, outcomes and sustainability.

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