Transboundary Water Resources in the Balkans: Initiating a Sustainable Regional Co-operative Network

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Jacques Ganoulis, I.L. Murphy, Mitja Brilly
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 30, 2000 - Nature - 254 pages
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A source of up-to-date information on current water resources, their quality and quantity, in every country in the Balkans. Institutional structures, water management issues and water monitoring problems are analyzed, with special reference to international waters, using characteristic case studies, including the Sava River, Lake Ohrid, The Nestos/Mesta River, the Neretva River estuary, and coastal waters in Turkey. Contributions written by experts from France, the UK and the USA demonstrate state-of-the-art electronic networking and the management of distributed water databases.
The protection of water resources in the Balkans has become a high profile issue since the collapse of communism in the area, the break up of former Yugoslavia, and ethnic tensions in Kosovo. Transboundary river pollution and the development of international water basins call demand urgent regional co-operation, which will be facilitated by the International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans, the initiation of which is described in the final conclusions of the book.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Key Issues
1
THE ROLE OF REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS IN THE BALKANS
7
ESSENTIAL TO IMPROVED TRANSBOUNDARY WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE BALKANS
13
Case Studies
21
A TRANSBOUNDARY WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT
33
THE MONITORING PROGRAMME OF THE LAKE OHRID CONSERVATION PROJECT
41
INTEGRATED COASTAL AREA AND RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT
55
COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS IN TURKEY
67
ROMANIA
137
SLOVENIA
153
TURKEY
161
FR OF YUGOSLAVIA
175
Support for a Balkan Water Network
185
THE USA EXPERIENCE
193
A ROLE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL WATER ENVIRONMENT CENTRE FOR THE BALKANS
203
ESTABLISHING A CONTEXT FOR HYDRODIPLOMACY
213

The Status of Water Resources Monitoring in the Balkans
81
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
87
BULGARIA
99
CROATIA
107
FYR OF MACEDONIA
117
GREECE
125
A PLAN FOR A BALKAN WATERENVIRONMENT CENTRE
225
Consensus on a Strategy
235
List of Workshop Participants
239
Glossary
245
Index
251
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