GWP IN ACTION 2009 ANNUAL REPORT Bulgaria aligns local and regional basin plans GWP Bulgaria is helping local groups see how they fit into broader regional perspectives such as the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). As the European Commission (EC) provides funds for IWRM projects, an understanding of the broader picture helps local groups formulate their submissions according to EC requirements. In addition, GWP Bulgaria translates GWP knowledge documents into Bulgarian and gets Partners involved. GWP Bulgaria also shared recommendations from the regional European Water Conference 2009 in April in Brussels with local water directorates.
In Central Asia and Caucasus
running attracted public attention to water issues and the problems of these transboundary rivers.
In China GWP in China GWP China is a lead player in convening highlevel round tables bringing together stakeholders across sectors and ministries at national, river basin and provincial levels to incorporate the IWRM approach into waterrelated legislation and development. In particular, the four Provincial Water Partnerships in Fujian, Hebei, Hunan and Shaanxi, and the Yellow River Water Partnership use their convening power to tackle issues of water security, sanitation, food, energy security, water disputes and climate change adaptation.
Progress on ways forward in the Aral Sea basin In response to a decision of Heads of the Central Asian States to address the critical issues of water resources, climate change and ecosystem loss in the Aral Sea basin, GWP Central Asia and Caucasus became the platform for policy dialogues in all eight Central Asian nations. These dialogues raised awareness of the links between water governance and water users, agriculture, land-use planning, energy, industry, environment and health, and showed how IWRM contributes to national development objectives. The sessions built on years of advocating for IWRM jointly with local NGOs. In 2009, for example, activities organised for the Day of Kura and Araks Rivers in Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku for the sixth year
GWP in Central Asia and Caucasus The most challenging issues in the Caucasus are poor water supplies and sanitation, degradation of ecosystems, floods and, in some areas, water scarcity. In Central Asia the key challenge is also ecosystem degradation in addition to increasing water deficiency. Transboundary issues are a challenge in both sub-regions.
Rural development boosted by Provincial Water Partnerships GWP Provincial Water Partnerships in Fujian, Hebei, Hunan and Shaanxi are key players in implementing two rural development policies â€“ The Water Saving Society and The New Countryside Development. Farmers, shown the value of using IWRM tools by their water users associations, manage rural development around water resources. This integrated approach improves supplies of safe drinking water, and water for irrigation, sanitation, the environment and energy. In Fujian Province, the Department of Water Resources is encouraging water user organisations to take an IWRM approach. As advocated by GWP China Fujian, the Department, instead of just improving water supplies, has switched to increasing productivity per unit of water, increasing production per unit area and increasing awareness of the links between land, water and the environment. The Department of Water Resources has also forged links with other departments, such as health and livestock. The aim is to raise production to give farmers better livelihoods. By December 2009, 2,376 water users associations organised by GWP China Fujian were managing 3,160,000 mu (210,670 hectares) of irrigated farmland.
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