The revision of the policy instruments and their potential to contribute to EU droughts and water scarcity policies is an initiative of the Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and EUSDR’s Priority Area 5 -Environmental Risks project and it was developed by the Global Water Partnership CEE (GWP CEE) and EUSDR’s PA5.
The revision of the policy instruments was done as one of the follow up steps of the Guidelines for preparation of the Drought Management Plans, which introduced a seven-step approach to develop a plan in the context of the EU Water Framework Directive. It aims to identify other selected EU policies in various fields that might support management of droughts.
Integrated Drought Management Programme in CEE and the objectives of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 5 (environmental risks) are emphasizing on the improvement of drought risk preparedness, proactive management and enhanced cooperation of key national and regional level actors. All to ensure the application of drought management in an integrated way. With this revision, there is a hope to spark multi-party conversation among public and private hydrological and climate change experts, water managers, those responsible for agricultural policy and major water users such as irrigators and urban water suppliers.
The Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) is an international network, which comprises 11 Country Water Partnerships in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine and more than 200 partners located in 15 countries in the CEE region. Its mission is to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. GWP CEE is a part of GWP’s global network that consists of thirteen regions and 3000+ Partners across the world.