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Let's meet – About river basin governance

2013-05-20

Let's meet – About river basin governance

 

The Ministry of the Environment hosted a meeting on the pilot project “River basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman River Basin” under the United Nations Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.

 

The project is being implemented by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the United Nations Development Programme Belarus, and it is being financed by the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Finland. The project was begun in 2011 and it will continue until the end of this year.

 

The results of this project will contribute to the implementation of the National Strategy for Climate Change Management Policy (Official Gazette, 2012, No. 133-6762) and the renewal of the Neman river basin management plan (Official Gazette, 2010, No. 90-4756).

 

Representatives and scientists from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and from various Lithuanian and Belarusian governmental, municipal and non-governmental organizations and institutions attended the May 16th meeting.

 

Within the framework of the project, Lithuanian and Belarusian scientists modeled the possible effects of climate change on the banks of the Neman river. They presented and discussed their project's results at the meeting. The results can be found here: http://www.cricuwr.by/neman

 

National adaptation to climate change policies were presented, as was the Netherlands' experience with developing their adaptation to climate change strategy in the Rhine basin. Reorganization of the water control policy in Belarus and Lithuania's river basin management plans and their renewal were also presented.

 

The discussions, which focused on the effects of climate change on specific sectors, sought to help identify the effects of climate change and to prioritize the methods by which nations could adjust to climate change in the Neman river basin.

 

During a meeting on May 17th, representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and its subordinate institutions met with Belarusian institutional representatives and other project directors to discuss the results of their first meeting, the project's future prospects, and the potential to extend its duration.

 

The potential to sign an agreement between Lithuania, Belarus, Russia and the European Union regarding cooperation in the use and protection of the Neman river basin was unofficially discussed as well.

Information of the Ministry of Environment, tel. 8~706 63660
20 May 2013


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas