Strengthening Cooperation between River Basin Management Planning and Flood Risk Prevention to Enhance the Status of Waters of the Tisza River Basin (JOINTISZA)

Strengthening Cooperation between River Basin Management Planning and Flood Risk Prevention to Enhance the Status of Waters of the Tisza River Basin (JOINTISZA)

Source of funding

Co-funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA funds)

Name of client/donor

Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

Overall project value

EUR 2,254,127

Date

January 2017 – June 2019

Beneficiary countries

Hungary | Romania | Serbia | Slovakia | Ukraine

Number of staff

8

The overexploitation of water resources, water regime modifications, water contamination and a growing number of flood events — the negative effects of which are amplified by climate change — are issues that require harmonised, integrated action on the part of the management authorities in countries that share river basins. The project “Strengthening Cooperation between River Basin Management Planning and Flood Risk Prevention to Enhance the Status of Waters of the Tisza River Basin” (JOINTISZA) brings together the five countries that share the Tisza River Basin to foster collaboration among key stakeholders and to address common challenges in order to propose sustainable solutions that enhance the status of waters in the basin.

The main aim of the JOINTISZA project is to further improve the integration of water management and flood risk prevention planning and actions for the next river basin management planning cycle, in line with the relevant EU legislation. The key output of the project will be an updated Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan, which already includes key aspects of the EU Flood Risk Directive. The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) Tisza Group and EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) Priority Area 4 platforms will build bridges between stakeholders for the transfer of information from expert to policy level, while the management and communication plan developed during the project will ensure the wide-ranging involvement of target groups. Project pilot actions will also provide a platform for information sharing and interactive learning. 

The project will depend on the joint efforts of the five countries that share the Tisza River Basin — Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. The project will run for 30 months, from January 1, 2017, to June 2017. It will ensure that flood risk management planning becomes more deeply embedded in the river basin management planning process, and will also facilitate the involvement of stakeholders and relevant sectors (e.g. flood risk management, water resources management, urban hydrology and drought management). In the long term, the project will generate momentum for the improved implementation of the Flood Directive and the Water Framework Directive, targeting four specific groups: national water administrations; water research institutes; international organisations and other interested stakeholders; and NGOs. 

As one of the project partners, with a budget share of EUR 210,608, the REC will:

  • lead Work Package (WP) 2, which focuses on communication activities, with responsibility to develop a communication plan and strategy for the whole project that will help to define target groups, the key messages to be communicated to each group, tools, timing, and evaluation measures; 
  • support WP6 (synthesis) and lead the development of the public involvement and participation strategy (PIPS), in coordination with the other project partners, which will pinpoint who, when and how to involve the relevant representatives of the target groups during the preparation of the updated Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan, which is the key output of the project;
  • be responsible for organising the project kick-off meeting and the final conference, and for coordinating outreach and awareness-raising events that will promote JOINTISZA at international, regional, national and local level; and 
  • maintain and update the JOINTISZA website and ensure the consistency of the project’s visual identity on all materials (leaflets, brochures, factsheets etc.) produced in the course of the project.
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity building
  • Supporting public participation
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Networking
  • Event management
  • Organisational support

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