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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Nature-based solutions in integrated water resource management and climate in Central and Eastern Europe

Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    We will address UN-Water SDG6 - Clean Water and Sanitation & SDG13 - Climate Change to cope with current challenges: food-scarcity, recovery and reuse of valuable resources such as water, nutrients, biomass, and energy. In this framework the communal infrastructure needs to address integrated water resource management (IWRM) at all levels by 2030, including the equitable and efficient use of water resources, which is essential for social and economic development, as well as environmental sustainability. In this aspect, waste should not be wasted, and wastewater treatment plants should shift to “closing material and energy streams” by implementing nature-based solutions (NBS) to reuse water, biomass, and energy and transforming them from waste to valuable green products.
    The main challenge of changing paradigm towards IWRM is unawareness which needs to be overcome by education activities, demonstration projects, platforms with suitable information etc. In the field of NBS, water reuse and circular economy the gaps towards wider implementation are even bigger. There is a need to develop clear legislation that would consider environmental, economic and social factors of IWRM which would also need to be supported by financial incentives.
    Methodologies to gain higher awareness and to overcome knowledge gaps:
    - Awareness rising: workshops for different stakeholders
    - Education: convincing with facts, showcases, capacity building of local practitioners and policy makers, inclusion of youth,
    - Expert involvement
    - Demonstration: sharing experiences from end users, pilot projects
    The methodologies will be implemented through GWP Toolbox and Community of Practice on nature-based solutions (NBS) in water management, community hubs, the GWP CEE Summer School as well other educational activities and stakeholder engagement fora.

    Expected Impact

    NBS have been identified as a key adaptation measure of Climate Action (Green Deal) to address the above challenges. In the agricultural landscape, NBS can be applied for soil health, carbon mitigation, downstream water quality protection, biodiversity benefits as well as assisting agricultural production and supply chains to achieve net-zero environmental emissions while achieving food and water security and meeting climate goals.
    The action will empower the GWP CEE partners to support the transition towards IWRM. A self-sustained community will foster the implementation of NBS through trained experts, online knowledge hub and designed GWP Toolbox.


    University of Ljubljana, University of Tartu, Prague University, Slovak Techological University and others

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 13

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Goal 13


    Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries


    Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population


    Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030


    Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies


    Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning


    Number of countries with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


    Total greenhouse gas emissions per year


    Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible


    Amounts provided and mobilized in United States dollars per year in relation to the continued existing collective mobilization goal of the $100 billion commitment through to 2025


    Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities



    Number of least developed countries and small island developing States with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    Two webinars per year on NBS (through GWP Toolbox)
    Regular Coffee Talk format events, excursions to demonstration sites (national level, and internationally)
    Sharing literature and case studies in GWP Toolbox
    Summer School (once per year) on different IWRM topics
    Staff / Technical expertise
    The Community of Practice on NBS is supported by 2 staff
    In-kind contribution
    Provided by partners involved in the activities
    Financing (in USD)
    Appr. 50,000 USD per year
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    01 March 2023 (start date)
    31 December 2028 (date of completion)
    Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe
    1. Europe
    Other beneficiaries

    Municipalities, decision makers, water authorities, educational institutions in Central and Eastern Europe

    More information
    Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
    Republic of Moldova
    Republic of Moldova
    Contact Information

    Konstantin, Regional Coordinator