Why to participate?
The formal cooperation with the ICPDR grants observers the right to participate at ICPDR decision-making meetings and Expert Group meetings. This active way of cooperation has proven to be successful in ensuring that different aspects and approaches could influence and shape the current water management in the Danube River Basin.
New challanges due to the WFD
This approach of involving the public has even been enlarged by the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The ICPDR has taken this new challenge as a basis for reviewing its ongoing practice, and has decided to start an active process towards defining a its publicparticipation approach.
The ICPDR has also developed a communication and participation strategy. Based on the WFD (Art 14), the objectives of this strategy are:
- to ensure public participation in the implementation of the WFD in the Danube River Basin
- to facilitate the establishment of effective structures and mechanisms for public participation in the Danube River Basin
- to provide guidance to national governments on how to comply with their obligations under the WFD
- to inform key stakeholders about the structures for public participation and public involvement at the various levels.
How to participate?
If your organisation has a basin-wide interest in water manegement in the Danube River Basin and would like to join the ICPDR family, please do get in touch with the ICPDR Secretariat. Some guiding documents can be found below.
Public Participation Process 2009 (58.31 KB) to facilitate public involvementof in the development of the Danube River Basin Managment Plan
Strategy for Public Participation (342.82 KB) Danube River Basin Strategy for Public Participation in River Basin Management Planning 2003-2009
- ICPDR Operational Plan 2004/2005 (276 KB)
- Stakeholder Analysis 2003 (574.76 KB)
Guidelines for Observers (48.56 KB) Guidelines for Observers to the ICPDR.
Here you can found the Terms of Reference and work programs of the ICPDR and its Expert Groups. It is relevant primarily for specialists and people working with the ICPDR.