Talk33 Transboundary Cooperation on Danube River: Some Lessons for Indus Basin in Pollution Management

Thursday, 14 February, 2019

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Abstract

With a total area of 801,463 km2, the Danube River Basin (DRB) is the world's most international river basin as it includes the territories of 19 countries, 9 of which consist its tributaries. The ecosystems of the DRB are highly valuable in environmental, economic and social terms. Increasing human impacts had severely damaged its water quality but DRB countries have made significant progress in cleaning up this essential water resource. Danube River has emerged as an important example in transboundary river management, particularly in enhancing the water quality and environmental standards.

LEAD Pakistan is hosting the 33rd interactive session as part of its LEADING Perspectives series on Managing Shared River Basins. The guest speaker Dr. Ivan Zavadsky will discuss the integrated approach of transboundary analysis in the case of Danube River and how Pakistan can benefit from this example in managing its own transboundary Indus river basin.

Dr. Ivan Zavadsky is the Executive Secretary of International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Previously he has worked as Senior Water Resources Management specialist at the Global Environment Facility Secretariat. Until 2007 he served as Regional Director for the UNDP/GEF Danube/Black Sea Regional Programme. He served as Director General at the Ministry of Environment of Slovakia, and during his more than 15 years of government service he represented Czechoslovak and Slovak governments on a number of international bodies. Mr. Zavadsky holds degrees in water management (1981) and economics in water management (1986) from Slovak Technical University in Bratislava.

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