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Website of the Dniester Commission

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This website has been designed to provide all stakeholders with up-to-date information on the status of the Dniester River Basin, work of joint basin management bodies, and progress of the Global Environment Facility’s project “Enabling transboundary co-operation and integrated water resources management in the Dniester River Basin”.

News

Representatives of the Australian Goulburn Broken basin have visited Moldova and Ukraine

This week, the experts from Goulburn Broken Rivers have completed the study tour of the Dniester River Basin. The International River Foundation,  GEF IW:Learn and the GEF Dniester project, with the support of the Moldovan and Ukrainian water and environment agencies, have organized a series of trips to the most interesting places along the Dniester […]

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Flood control, ecosystem restoration and emergency issues in the Dniester basin

The GEF project continues to involve leading experts from Moldova and Ukraine for sustainable development of the Dniester River basin…

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Start of the pilot river restoration project in Odesa region

Addressing the disappearance of small rivers is on the agenda of the GEF Dniester project. This week, the project team went on an expedition…

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Lower Dniester Wetlands provides environmental services worth 39 million euros annualy

Ecosystem services are the many and varied benefits that people receive free of charge from the natural environment…

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Active youth learned more on the ways to save the Dniester

Last week, up to 80 young people from all over the river basin took part in classes on ecology and transboundary river basins…

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Petroleum products as one of the sources of pollution of the Dniester basin

GEF project experts studied the state of the Dniester tributary in Lviv region. Last week, the meeting was held between…

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Dniester River Basin

The Dniester is a river in Eastern Europe that runs along the state border between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The total length of the Dniester is 1,362 km and its basin area is 72.1 thousand sq.km.

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Region

There are 62 towns and 95 townships in the Ukrainian part of the Dniester Basin, and 2 municipalities (Municipias) and 41 towns within the Moldovan part of the Basin, both on the left and right banks of the river. The total population of the Dniester Basin within Ukraine and Moldova is over 7 million people. Over 5 million people live in Ukraine and 2.74 million people in Moldova.

Floods

The disastrous floods in 2008 and 2010 in the Dniester Basin reminded once again that the existing flood protection facilities only partially fulfil their functions today. The effectiveness of the modern protection facilities will decline as the floods are expected to become more powerful in the future.

Representatives of the Australian Goulburn Broken basin have visited Moldova and Ukraine

Representatives of the Australian Goulburn Broken basin have visited Moldova and Ukraine

Important Matters

This section will be completed after approval of the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) of the Dniester Basin tentatively in early 2019.

Joint Management

One of the current priorities of the environmental policies of both the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine is to harmonize national legislation with the legislation of the European Union. Both states have taken a number of measures aimed at the gradual harmonization of the laws of both countries in the area of environmental protection, natural resources and environmental security with the relevant EU directives.

Dniester Commission

The Commission on Sustainable Use and Protection of the Dniester River Basin (the Dniester Commission) was established under the Treaty between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Cooperation in the Field of Protection and Sustainable Development of the Dniester River Basin, which was signed on 29 November 2012.

Institution of the Plenipotentiaries

Plenipotentiaries and their two deputies are appointed to facilitate the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Government of Ukraine on the Joint Use and Protection of Border Waters (1994).

GEF Project

The project was developed at the request of the governments of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine with financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The objective of the project is to introduce a framework for integrated water resource management in the Dniester River Basin to ensure its sustainable development.

About the project

The project “Enabling transboundary co-operation and integrated water resources management in the Dniester River Basin” is planned to be implemented in 2017-2020. The project facilitates the implementation of natural and water resource management reforms currently being pursued in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The beneficiaries of this project are the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. The project implementation is entrusted to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, Istanbul) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE, Vienna-Kiev-Chisinau), with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE, Geneva).

Outcomes

This section presents a project implementation plan for December 2017 – December 2018.

Meetings

24 May 2019

Meeting of the basin council of the Dniester river in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

23 January 2019

Teleconference on recommendations by Mr Pedro Cunha Serra on draft operation rules for the Dniester reservoirs

18 December 2018

Second meeting of the Project Steering Committee in Odessa

Our partners

GEF
UNDP
OSCE
UNECE