It has been six months packed with activities and achievements for the Danube PES project team. In April we organized a successful international workshop – the first of its kind in the region - on PES in International River Basins. In the town of Nisovo, Bulgaria, we welcomed experts from four continents. During this period we also published the report on PES feasibility in Ukraine, making it available in both English and Russian. We also finalized a similar report on Serbia. The findings from the two reports, as well as our project work were presented in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the Sub-regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, organised in the run-up to this year’s Convention on Biological Diversity. Another big achievement in this period was the official presentation at the Rio + 20 summit of the book The Ecosystem Promise by Meindert Brower, featuring our work in the Lower Danube. The ICPDR officially invited the team to join its Economic Working Group. Last but not least, the project’s mid-term evaluation was carried out, providing us with a much needed critical review of the work we have done so far and giving us useful recommendations.
I hope you enjoy this newsletter.
With many thanks for your interest and cooperation,
Irene Lucius, Project Director