Public consultation on the Danube Prut & Black Sea RBMP in 2020 © Centrul National de Mediu
Moldova is in the process of adopting the Danube-Prut & Black Sea River Basin Management Plan Cycle II. The goal is to adopt this new-generation RBMP in 2021 in order to start its six-year implementation in 2022. If the adoption process is successful, the RBMP 2022-2027 will be synchronised with all other EU and Danube countries, in line with the Water Framework Directive.
In order to prepare the consultation of public entities, the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova has published on its website a description of the context of the River Basin Management Plan development (in Romanian): https://www.madrm.gov.md/ro/content/anun%C8%9B-privind-ini%C5%A3ierea-elabor%C4%83rii-ciclului-ii-al-programului-de-gestionare-bazinului
Moldova is aligning its planning process for water resources management with the EU Water Framework Directive
The main objective of the EU Water Framework Directive is to achieve the good status of all water resources, which involves putting in place concrete measures to protect water from pollution and over-abstraction. This requires implementing good practices in the management of water resources, and following an innovative approach that takes into account natural hydrographic limits (the river basin split into water bodies) to plan a concrete programme of measures.
The Republic of Moldova has reflected this EU approach in its Water Law no. 272/2011, which gives a key role to the development of river basin management plans. As in other EU Member States, article 19 of the Water Law establishes that each cycle of the plan lasts six years, which means that it has to be reviewed every six years.
All Danube neighbours to plan together to reach Sustainable Development Goals
The Convention for the Protection of the Danube River was ratified by the Republic of Moldova in 1999. All contracting parties to the Danube Convention, including EU Member and non-Member States, agreed to work together under the auspices of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) to implement the EU Water Framework Directive on their territories that are part of the Danube basin.
This coordination at the level of the Danube basin helps achieve common goals; notably it will contribute to the achievement of the following targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
- Provide safe and affordable water and sanitation services.
- Reduce water pollution from industrial processes.
- Increase the efficiency of water use in all economic and social sectors and improved protection of water-related ecosystems.
- Improve governance and cooperation at all levels (international, local and regional), to engage communities in the management of their water resources.
EUWI+ experts to evaluate the coherence of this RBMP Cycle II with the Moldovan legislative framework
The development of the Danube-Prut & Black Sea River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) Cycle II is supported by international experts as part of the EU-funded project “European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership” (EUWI +). EUWI+ experts are assessing the consistency of the draft RBMP Cycle II with the provision of policy documents and the normative acts of the Republic of Moldova, respectively: · The “Moldova 2030” national development strategy.· The 2014-2023 environmental strategy and the action plan for its implementation. · The Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy (2014-2030). · The flood risk management plan for the Danube - Prut and Black Sea River Basin district. · Government decision no. 1063/2016 on the approval of the national programme for the implementation of the protocol on water and health in the Republic of Moldova for 2016-2025.