Bregalnica River Basin Management

Project completed

The project will: 1) provide technical assistance and know-how transfer for the establishment and organization of the River Basin Management Body and the River Basin Management Advisory Council 2) support the elaboration of a river basin management plan and 3) support small infrastructure projects in the amount of CHF 2,4 Mio.

Country/region Period Budget
Macedonia
01.01.2012 - 31.12.2017
CHF 4'630'000
Background Macedonia is willing to become a member of the EU. In this perspective the country has adopted a new legislation in 2011 which is compliant with EU directives. National authorities are however facing a great challenge in the implementation of the legislation. This is especially true for the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP) which has the water management under its umbrella. The MoEPP is therefore asking for support.
Objectives The project covers the Bregalnica River basin with 12 municipalities and over 200'000 people. It will promote the economic development of the region, e.g. industry, agriculture and tourism. The project will: 1) provide technical assistance and know-how transfer for the establishment and organization of the River Basin Management Body and the River Basin Management Advisory Council 2) support the elaboration of a river basin management plan and 3) support small infrastructure projects in the amount of CHF 2,4 Mio.
Medium-term outcomes The actual status of the river basin is known, e.g. quantity and quality of water and user structures. The use of water per head and production unit is optimized. Small infrastructure projects contribute to the optimisation of water use. River Basin Management authorities are established and institutionalized.
Results

Expected results:   The Bregalnica River Basin Management Unit (BRBMU) is set up as a decentralized unit of the MoEPP and is compliance with the New Water Law. National officers are trained to implement typical RBM tools and procedures that will be useful at regional and national level. The Bregalnica River Basin Management Unit elaborates, together with Bregalnica’s Stakeholders (Bregalnica Basin Planning Group), a River Basin Management Plan.Technical assistance is provided to the Municipalities for the implementation of selected small water infrastructure projects.


Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
  • Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Mazedonia


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'630'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   4'630'000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)