Competition for water between users is a serious problem in certain parts of the Danube River Basin. Irrigation consumes the largest share of water in the region. The ICPDR aims towards managing water resources via an integrated approach by maintaining a sustainable balance between the various uses of water and the natural movement of water through the whole basin.
What the ICPDR is doing
The ICPDR -as far as multilateral issues are concerned- aims to ensure management of water resources using an integrated approach to maintain a sustainable balance between the various uses of water and the natural dynamics of the movement of water through the whole basin.
UNESCO IHP in cooperation with the ICPDR has developed a harmonised methodology for establishing national water balances, and presented a first general water balance for the whole Danube River Basin at the end of 2005, including water balances for the main tributaries.
The Danube River Protection Convention obliges each country to establish domestic water balances contributing to a general water balance for the whole Danube River Basin.
The Danube River Protection Convention forms the overall legal instrument for co-operation on transboundary water management in the Danube River Basin. The Convention was signed on June 29 1994 in Sofia (Bulgaria) and came into force in 1998. It aims to ensure that surface waters and groundwater within the Danube River Basin are managed and used sustainably and equitably.