EU Water Initiative for the EECCA region

Water resources management and water pollution control are a key area of the cooperation of the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Therefore, both institutions support the EU Water Initiative’s regional component for the EECCA countries (EUWI EECCA).

The EU Water Initiative (EUWI) was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The Initiative takes a partnership approach with national governments, donors, the water industry, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. Through so-called National Policy Dialogues, it aims to improve coordination and cooperation between sectors to improve water management and facilitate more effective development assistance in the water sector in different regions, one of which are the EECCA countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Taijikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan). Source: “European Union Water Initiative National Policy Dialogues progress report 2013”

EUWI EECCA (Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia) also serves the implementing organizations UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) as a platform for project work, the object being to avoid isolated implementation of individual projects and achieve cross-cutting effects. It offers the EECCA countries the opportunity to bring together expertise, political will and financial resources according to the advising needs of each country and to learn from each other. The funding comes from the European Commission and from contributions of other international donors, e.g. funds from the Federal Environment Ministry's Advisory Assistance Programme.

A working group composed of representatives of water and environmental authorities from countries in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, international organizations and multilateral and national donor organizations meets once a year to evaluate the activities carried out under EUWI EECCA, share experience gained in target countries and relevant projects and to draw up the work programme for the next working period.

Advisory Assistance Programme supports EUWI EECCA

The EUWI EECCA focuses on capacity-building and exchange of experience and thus meets the objectives of the Advisory Assistance Programme. Since 2010, the German Federal Environment Ministry and UBA have therefore already supported, coordinated and technically supervised several advisory assistance projects carried out by the OECD in the framework of EUWI EECCA: