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Irene Lucius, Laurice Ereifej, Tamas Gruber, Georg Rast WWF DCPO/WWF Hungary/WWF Germany Perspectives for IWT in the Danube region from an NGO point of.

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1 Irene Lucius, Laurice Ereifej, Tamas Gruber, Georg Rast WWF DCPO/WWF Hungary/WWF Germany Perspectives for IWT in the Danube region from an NGO point of view

2 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 2 View from WWF General remarks WWF -has participated in the development of the Joint Statement -supports the document as agreed -strongly committed to promoting JS -committed to participating in implementation on the basis of the agreed guidelines and procedures

3 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 3 View from WWF WWF‘s viewpoint on process up to date Little or no progress with on-going projects regarding „integrated approach“ (chap.3) and „recommendations“ (chap.4) of JS Transparency and participation for interested and obligatory parties very limited Base data and intention to properly apply environmental legislation (e.g. WFD) still weak or missing

4 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 4 View from WWF WWF‘s viewpoint on process up to date JS does not yet cover all navigation development projects from big scale structural projects to maintenance works at local/regional level poor cooperation of key govt. institutions (e.g. MoTransport, MoEconomics, MoENV) SEA application missing or weak

5 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 5 View from WWF areas of high ecological value priority sections for inland navigation (EU TEN-T axis No 18) other navigation projects (supported e.g. by EU EAR, ISPA, Ukrainian government) All free flowing Danube river stretches are at risk by unsustainable IWT development…

6 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 6 View from WWF Fischer, Kloep, Wilczek, Pusch (2005) Biogeochemistry Sediment extraction  channel incision  threat for environment and IWT

7 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 7 View from WWF Example of plans on Lower Danube along RO-BG Severe irreversible impact on river ecosystem This cannot be a sustainable development of IWT

8 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 8 View from WWF Perspectives for IWT from WWF‘s viewpoint Danube waterway a major European route for IWT but not with one general minimum draught Future development based on container traffic and better intermodel transport links Short-term: waterway development focused on improvements by non-structural means and temporary fairway maintenance (no-regret) Better integration of govt. bodies

9 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 9 View from WWF Perspectives for IWT from WWF‘s viewpoint Development plans are based on -SEA at different levels (river sections, national, international) -EU env. legislation enforced and provides a reliable framework for assessment of impacts -principle guidelines of JS respected -case by case approach (draught, width, period of year)

10 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 10 View from WWF Perspectives for IWT from WWF‘s viewpoint development of detailed recommendations as JS annex monitoring TOR: who/how/when (national and intern., involvement of NGOs and other stakeholders) transparent processes maintain flexibility in order to accommodate Climate Change effects by focussing on non-structural no-regret measures

11 29 January 2009 Workshop on Follow-up for Joint Statement IWT&Env. Sustainability in DRB Page: 11 View from WWF Let´s make Joint Statement come alive! Thank you for your attention!


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