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MEDITERRANEAN AND CENTRAL/EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL STORIES Investment plan for Douimis river basin in Tunisia

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A demonstration project focused on building capacity led to the signing of a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture. The ministry agreed to include climate change considerations in their water and soil planning process, using the Douimis river basin in northern Tunisia as a pilot case. The Climate Change Resilience Plan for Water and Land Management was developed through an extensive consultation process that established five thematic working groups and engaged a wide range of stakeholders. The Douimis plan was adopted by the Regional Development Council of Bizerte in 2016. As a follow-up, GWP Mediterranean formulated an investment plan and undertook a mapping exercise to identify potential climate funding sources and guide the ministry on where to seek financial support for the plan’s implementation. GWP Mediterranean also produced guidelines and a documentary film, which records the lessons learned and aims to promote replication of this success story. The guidelines and film will be launched during a national conference on climate change, organised jointly by GWP Mediterranean and the Governorate of Bizerte, to be held in March 2017.

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National adaptation plan to combat soil degradation and desertification adopted in Ukraine On 22 December 2015, the draft national action plan to combat desertification and land degradation was passed through the Committee of the Cabinet of the Ministers of Ukraine (KMU). The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the responsible body for drafting the plan, continued working on the new comments and amendments provided by KMU and invited GWP Ukraine to contribute to the drafting process. GWP Ukraine facilitated a public consultation on the plan by disseminating the draft among its members and submitting comments to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. The national action plan received official approval in March 2016 and makes provision for the development of river basin management planning, including drought management. The document is the first to officially recognise planning for drought management in the country, and GWP Ukraine ensured broad stakeholder input at all stages of the plan’s development.

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Following a formal request from the Ministry of Environment of Slovakia, the GWP regional coordinator was seconded as a special advisor on water to the State Secretary for Environment during the country’s European Union Presidency in 2016. The secondment required the coordinator to provide expert advice and consultancy, co-chair high-level meetings, and draft background documents and conclusions for these meetings. The meetings included the EU Ministerial Conference on Integrated Water Management in July and the Sustainable Water Management Council Draft Conclusions hearing in September. Among other things, this hearing called on all Member States to work together to implement water-related EU legislative and nonlegislative instruments, policies, and existing standards in a coherent way; and to use innovative, science-based, and targeted approaches to ensure sustainable use and management of water resources and to protect and improve the status of the aquatic environment within the EU.

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