The International Workshop on Integrated management of water and forests in river basin areas across the South Eastern European countries took part in Ohrid, on November 22nd and 23rd.
The event was organized on behalf of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in cooperation with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) within the SWG GIZ Study Expert Fund (SEF) Project: “Strengthening of the regional cooperation and networking in the forestry and water management sector and sustainable development in the river basins of the South-Eastern European countries”.
The workshop was targeted to representatives from the Ministries (Water Sector and Forestry Sector) from SEE countries, representatives from public enterprises, forest associations, National Parks and related NGO-s. National experts for water and forestry also participated at the WS.
During the workshop draft findings of the feasibility study carried out to identify options for improved regional and cross border cooperation between the forest sector and water sector as a contribution to sustainable development in the western Balkan countries, were presented and discussed.
Some feedback and comments were given on the draft conclusions of the feasibility study; Opportunities for improved regional and cross border cooperation were discussed and proposed and some project opportunities were identified.
The completed feasibility study and a concrete proposal for a project on integrated management of water and forests and sustainable development in the river basin areas across the South Eastern European countries are expected to be elaborated during the final conference foreseen to be organized in 2012 within the above mentioned SWG GIZ Study Expert Fund (SEF) Project.