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Western Black Sea Environmental System (W-BLESS)

Objectives: Capacity building of Romanian Institutions through training and Know-how transfer.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable land use management, including water, soil and vegetation in affected areas
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: Ministry for the Environment and Territory; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) (Italy); Ministry for Waters and Environmental Protection, Governmental (Romania), organizations and municipalities located along the Romanian coast of the Black Sea.
Contents: Enhancing Romanian institutions’ capacity to manage and operate an integrated environmental system for the cleaning up of the Black Sea coastal area.
Means of Implementation: Pilot Project total cost: 432.000,00 euro.
Italian Ministry for the Environment and Territory’s financial contribution: 360.000,00 euro.
1. Set up of an environmental monitoring and forecasting system applied to the Romanian ecosystem;
2. Identification and monitoring of punctual and diffused pollution sources in three basins (Danube Delta);
3. Pollution categorisation according to existing assets;
4. Environmental performance enhancing schemes to meet quality standards in rivers and in the Black Sea;
5. Analysis of the financial viability if the proposed solutions;
6. Identification of suitable financial institutions to fund construction and rehabilitation works.
Target year: 2004
Target Area/Place: Western Black Sea
Expected Outcome(S): 1. Enhanced capacity of local institutions in preparing and managing environmental plans; 2. Preventing further degradation, protect and upgrade river and marine eco-system; 3. Foster power saving as a result of an improved asset management aimed at reducing operation costs; 4. Make available adequate financial resources to build infrastructures to safeguard the environment; 5. Prepare the financial assessment report and the economic-financial model to initiate the procedures for access to the international funding required for the implementation of the overall project.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to the managing of natural resources as a base for sustainable development in particular:
-introducing measures to improve the efficiency of water infrastructure to reduce losses;
-develop integrated water resources management and water efficiency plans by 2005;
-adopting prevention and protection measures to promote sustainable water use and to address water shortages;
Other Information:
(Contact): Valeria Clara Rizzo
Italian Ministry for Environment and Territory
Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 44 – 00147 Roma
Phone: 0039-06- 5722-8106/09
Fax: 0039-06-5722-8178
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