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EC IFAS achieved dynamic partnership with the institutions of the European Union: European Parliament, Council of the European Union, European Commission contributed to the process of the ASBP-3 elaboration.

  • EU and CA countries have upgraded their relations in the frame of the Strategy for a new partnership. Environment and water is one of the commonly agreed focal areas for mutual cooperation and the EU is committed to bring its best contribution in this area to the region. The EU experience in implementing Water directive was aimed at providing a working basis for over 100 transboundary river basins. The Integrated Water Resource Management principles have now been translated in operative guidelines presiding to the water management and development of these shared river basins. The EU is committed to support the Central Asia partners in similar efforts. A number of activities to improve water governance and exchanges between river basin organizations are already implemented or planned, notably as part of the EU Water Initiative.
  • The planned project activities of the European Union include establishment and strengthening of Water Basin Institutions, environmental awareness raising, environmental protection (including forests and biodiversity) and monitoring mechanisms, capacity building / training (especially in the water sector), enhancing economic and environmental welfare. The new regional environmental programme (EURECA) will be launched in 2011.
  • There is a need for alignment of project plans and activities between various partners, particularly in the implementation of related components. The EC plans to establish connections with the UNECE and the OECD in implementing National and Regional Policy Dialogues on Integrated Water Resources Management.
  • The EU has also many other instruments which may be potential sources of funding for ASBP-3 (like Disaster Risk Management, funded through European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), and research projects funded through FP7/INCO (International Cooperation in the Capacities Programme).
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