The overall project goal was to strengthen regional cooperation and networks on all levels (political, technical, civil society etc.) in the forestry and water management sector and assure sustainable development in the river basins of the South Eastern European countries and increase the awareness of protection of natural resources and ecosystems. Such regional network was to:
- ensure common and synergetic efforts for better results in implementation and management of current and new environment, agriculture, forestry and water policies;
- create a potential for encompassing integrated water, forestry and land management, supported by the national governments, institutions and international community in the South Eastern European countries where cross-border river basin areas exist;
- promote stakeholder participation in the development of a joint action and coordinative efforts for effective implementation and enforcement of environment, agriculture, forestry and water policies, and improving the current level of enforcement of existing environmental, agriculture, forestry and water legislations.
The target groups of the project were representatives of institutions responsible for development of water and forestry policies, including stakeholders involved in the development of sustainable resource management in the Balkans.
The beneficiary countries were: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.
This project was funded by the German International Cooperation (GIZ), on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
Project duration April 2010 – March 2012.
 This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.