Protecting Danube River Basin Resources: Ensuring Access to Water Quality Data and Information

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Eastern and Western, NATO partner and member country specialists discuss recent accomplishments in the sharing of timely, accurate data and information to protect the water resources of the Danube Basin, a strategic region shared by two Western and 11 former Communist countries. An International Commission, continuing the work of an ad hoc environmental management programme, is expected to take over in 1997 and may well adopt the recommendations of this timely workshop. These recommendations include the ...

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Overview

Eastern and Western, NATO partner and member country specialists discuss recent accomplishments in the sharing of timely, accurate data and information to protect the water resources of the Danube Basin, a strategic region shared by two Western and 11 former Communist countries. An International Commission, continuing the work of an ad hoc environmental management programme, is expected to take over in 1997 and may well adopt the recommendations of this timely workshop. These recommendations include the establishment of a central source of water quality data and information on levels of pollution, government standards and their enforcement, NGO environmental groups, and other programmes and policies.

The editor, Dr. Irene Lyons Murphy, received support from the United States Institute of Peace during 1995- a study of the cooperative management of Danube River resources which began with the end of the Cold War. It analyzes the development and ratification of the Danube River Protection Convention and other aspects of joint pro-environment activities from 1991 to 1996. Its title The Danube: A River Basin in Transition is to be published in early 1997.

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Contributes to the combined efforts of eastern and western countries and international agencies to protect and manage natural resources in the region since the end of the Cold War by recommending methods to improve the sharing of both raw data and information derived from it about the water quality of the Danube and its tributaries. The 19 papers consider the ecosystem needs of the Basic, current environmental monitoring in other international river basics, water- quality monitoring systems in four NATO countries and in the Basin countries in transition to market economies, the five-year Environmental Programme for the Danube River Basin, the needs of the imminently permanent secretariat of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, and information and data systems available on diskette and the Internet. Conclusions and recommendations are also included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792343820
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/31/1996
  • Series: Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 2 (closed) , #24
  • Edition description: 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Workshop: Content, format, conclusions 1
Data and Data-Sharing: Key to transboundary water quality protection 17
The Rhine: Monitoring programmes and exchange of data within the ICPR 23
The 1985 Bucharest Declaration: An important first step in Danube international water quality monitoring 31
The Danube River Protection Convention: Environmental data sharing provisions 43
Water Quality Monitoring Programmes for Rivers in Germany 49
Dutch (Inter)national Water Quality Data Programmes 65
Water Management: Monitoring in the United Kingdom 81
Design and Implementation of the National Water-Quality Assessment Programme: A United States example 89
Environmental Policies in Transition: A NATO partnership country symposium 105
Development of Information Activities in Support of the Environmental Programme for the Danube River Basin 113
The Work of the Monitoring, Laboratory and Information Management Sub-Group 127
The Danube Grants Programme and the NGO Role in Management of the Danube Basin 135
Transboundary Pollution Reduction in Three Danube River Basins 149
Austrian-German Data-Sharing 165
Data-Sharing Between the Slovak and Czech Republics in the Morava River Basin 173
Sharing Data Across National Boundaries in the Upper Tisza River Basin 183
Crossborder Monitoring of Water Quality in Slovenia 189
The Bulgarian-Romanian Reach of the Danube: Suggestions for improving monitoring and data-sharing 199
Conclusions and Recommendations 209
List of Contributors 215
Workshop Participants 217
Glossary 221
Index 223
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