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Activities Within the Scope of the International Commission For the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

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Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management/National Water Directorate
Coordinators and Chief Analysts:
Prof. Milan Dimkić, Ph.D.C.E., Miodrag Milovanović, Ph.D.C.E., Marina Babić-Mladenović, Ph.D.C.E., Dušan Đurić, B.S.C.E., Dragana Ninković, B.S.C.E., and Dragica Vulić, B.S. in Chem. Eng.

Water management is becoming increasingly important in the contemporary world. It is one of the key topics of negotiations associated with the accession of new member states to the EU because water management and water protection issues are more pronounced in less developed countries. As a result, compliance with EU requirements and standards in the water sector is a significant component of European integration. One of the activities leading to harmonization with EU standards is the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the Danube River Basin.


Serbia is a member of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and is committed to the implementation of the WFD in coordination with other Danube countries, since one of the key objectives of the ICPDR is the implementation of this directive in the Danube River Basin.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management/National Water Directorate is the principal coordinator of Serbia’s activities within the scope of the ICPDR, supported by other ministries, above all the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning.

Since 2004, JCI has been assisting the above institutions in the implementation of the WFD within the territory of Serbia and in meeting Serbia’s obligations to the ICPDR, along with other organizations such as the Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia and the Siniša Stanković Institute.
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Figure 2: Overview of wastewater treatment in the Danube River Basin


In 2008 and 2009, a number of activities were completed with the goal of contributing to the achievement of the main objective of the WFD in the Danube countries: the development of a Danube River Basin Management Plan. Serbia’s contribution is presented in a document of the same name.

As part of Serbia’s involvement in ICPDR efforts, JCI experts also actively participated in the activities of the Tisza (Tisa) Group, one of the ICPDR working groups. The Tisa Group, including experts from the Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Serbia, developed a River Basin Management Plan for the Tisa River Basin, the largest sub-basin of the Danube River Basin. This plan was developed in 2008 and 2009, and is expected to be adopted at the end of 2010.

During the course of development of the Tisa River Basin Management Plan, each state managed the preparation of certain components of the Plan. Serbian experts were in charge of the groundwater management component and actively participated in the development of other components, particularly flood protection and water use.

 

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 Figure 3: Surface water bodies in the Tisa River Basin

 
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