One of the key elements of the EU WFD is to ensure that all water meets `good status` by 2015. The first step towards the objective is to create a River Basin Management Plan by 2009. The countries may supplement the River Basin Management Plan with more detailed programmes and management planes for sub-basin. On this basis, the Tisza countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2004 to work together in the frame of the ICPDR aiming at to produce a sub-basin level Tisza River Basin Management Plan by 2009. This Plan will also integrate issues on flood management.
The first step was the preparation of the Tisza Analysis Report in 2007, which includes an overall characterisation of the basin, an analysis of anthropogenic pressures and impacts. The objectiveis to contribute to the preparation of the basis of the further Tisza River Basin Management Plan, which planned to be completed in the frame of a multi-national project "Intergrating multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains into improved transboundary management of the Tisza River Basin" mainly co-financed by UNDP-GEF. The ICPDR is to ensure consistency of the project with its own work and integration of the results in the preparation of a wider Danube River Basin Management Plan.
- Development of the Tisza Analysis Report and contribution to the preparation of the Tisza River Basin Management Plan
- Preparation of GIS for the Tisza River Sub Basin
- Development of Flood Management Strategy and Action Plans
Development of the Tisza Analysis Report and contribution to the preparation of the Tisza River Basin Management Plan: three parts of the analysis report was prepared (1) Characterization, (2) Water Quality report and the (3) Cross cutting issues. The report was coordinated by the country representatives together with the experts. A special workshop was organised to discuss the key water management issues for the Tisza River Basin.
Preparation of GIS for the Tisza River Sub Basin: the two actions, ' Preparation of GIS database for the Tisza River Sub Basin' and ' development of Maps for the Tisza Analysis report' was carried out. The Tisza database is an integrated part of the Danube database as well as to the national database.
Development of Flood Management Strategy and Action Plans: Emphasise is on the preparation of the study on Water Quantity and Flood Management issues in the Tisza River Basin. The study will discuss issues on water resources and water demand as well as key water quantity management issues. The Flood Management Strategy is planned to be a part of the Tisza Analysis Report as well as a step toward the future River Basin Management Plan.
Financial contribution by the EU for 2007-2008: 150 000 EUR
Celebrating the Tisza River in frame of the Danube Day 2007
29 June 2007: In the frame of Danube Day (Celebrating Danube Cultures), Slovakia, Hungary and Ukraine called the attention/introduce the assets of the Tisza River Sub-basin by preparing leaflets, media materials
Tisza River Basin a European Model for Ministerial Action (Belgrade Ministerial Conference)
11 October 2007: In the frame of the `Environment for Europe` - Sixth Ministerial Conference` the results of the Preliminary Analysis of the Tisza River Basin – 2007 were introduced in the frame of a side event – press conference.
Maps about the Tisza River Basin have been developed based on the ICPDR DanubeGIS. The maps were harmonized with the report 'Preliminary Analysis of the Tisza River Basin – 2007' and aim to illustrate the main characteristics of the basin.
The following maps of the Tisza River Basin can be found below:
- Tisza River Basin - Overview
- Topography and relief
- Protected areas
- Land uses
- Surface water bodies identified
- Heavily Modified Water Bodies
- Surfacewater Monitoring
- Groundwater Monitoring
- Risk assessment related to hydromorphological alteration
- Risk assessment related to nutrient pollution,
- Risk assessment related to organic pollution
- Risk assessment related to hazardous substances
- Groundwater bodies
Summary Report of the Tisza River Basin Analysis 2007 (2.34 MB) Summary Report - A call for action
- Fact Sheet: ICPDR and Tisza Group (46.3 KB)
Analysis of the Tisza River Basin 2007 (1.23 MB) Initial step toward the Tisza River Basin Management Plan – 2009
Annexes to the Tisza River Basin Analysis 2007 (3.81 MB) Memorandum of Understanding, Bilateral river committees, International agreements, The competent authorities for WFD implementation, Public Participation (projects and list of NGOs), Construction of the Danube-Tisza-Danube Canal System, Reservoirs, List of surface waters bodies evaluated in Part II, Types of rivers, General criteria as a common base for the definition of reference conditions, Possible impacts related to the different pressures, Delineation methods of pHMWB, Details on national methods of risk assessment and criteria used by Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic, Water uses and sources of water used for different water uses, Pai index: Slovak Republic, Romania and Hungary, Territorial distribution, national distribution of mean elevations and surface gradients, amount of water transfer, List of hydropower plants, Interannual distribution of monthly discharges, Flood Risk assessment and management strategy for the development of flood action plans
Map 1: Overview (2.46 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 2: Relief and Topography (2.65 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 3: Annual Precipitation (2.44 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 5: Protected Areas (National parks, Nature and Biosphere reserves and Ramsar sites) (1.54 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 6: Land Use (3.6 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 8: Surface Water Bodies (2.6 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 9: Heavily Modified Surface Water Bodies (provisionally designated) (2.38 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 10a: Surface Waterbody Monitoring Stations (1.61 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 10b: Important Transboundary Groundwater Bodies: Chemical and Quantitative Monitoring (3 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 11: Risk to reach the Environmental Objectives - Hydromorphological Alterations (2.64 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 12: Risk to reach the Environmental Objectives - Nutrient Pollution (2.65 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 13: Risk to reach the Environmental Objectives - Organic Pollution (2.64 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Map 14: Risk to reach the Environmental Objectives - Hazardous Substances (2.64 MB) Tisza River Sub-basin, February 2008
Maps 4, 7, 15-23 (3.6 MB) Surface Layers Permeability, Isohyets of the Multi-Annual Mean Precipitation, Mean Annual Runoff, Flood Defences (Hungary, Ukraine), Improvement of Flood Conveyance Capacity (Hungary), Flood (Hungary), Historic Flood, Flooded Areas during 1998-2006, Distribution of the Aridity Factor, Deviation between the Annual Depth of Ground Water (Hungary)
Analýza povodia Tisy 2007 (568.37 KB) Technický Súhrn
Covering an area of 157,186 km², the Tisza River Basin is the largest sub-basin of the Danube River Basin. The Tisza River is the longest tributary of the Danube (966 km), and second largest in terms of flow after the Sava. The countries of the Tisza Basin (Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia) agreed to close transboundary co-operation, aiming to achieve integrated water resources management of the Basin.
The Tisza Basin has been subject to significant anthropogenic impacts that have resulted in a degraded system, particularly in terms of pollution and the loss of floodplains and wetlands. The present project is focusing on the development of strategies and implementation of demo project to test the multiple environmental benefits of wetlands to mitigate impacts of floods/droughts and help to reduce nutrient pollution.