of the Regional co-operation of the Danube countries
in the framework of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO
The “Principles” were prepared and agreed in two languages: German and Russian.
The following text is only the draft translation of the text of “Principles”.
The original text in official languages is on German and Russian page, respectively.
P R I N C I P L E S
of the Danube countries regional co-operation
within the framework of the National Committees for
International Hydrological Programme UNESCO
(version of April 1987)
National Committees of eight Danubian countries (D, A, CS, H, YU, RO, BG, SU) for the International Hydrological Program (IHP) agreed on further co-operation on hydrology issues after finishing of the first volume of the Monograph “Hydrology of the river Danube”.
The co-operation is performed within the framework of the International Hydrological Program (IHP) UNESCO especially in the Project 1.1 of the third phase and in the Project II.6 of the fourth phase of IHP.
The co-operation aim is to contribute by common efforts to seeking a solution of current hydrology and water management issues regarding individual parts of the entire Danube basin.
To avoid work duplicating, hydrological and water management issues already being processed by international organisations will be taken into regard.
Delegates and experts nominated by the participating IHP National Committees will take part in the co-operation.
Furthermore, representatives of the National Committees of Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Albania can join the co-operation.
Within the for each theme agreed work plan, the representatives of IHP National Committees elect on voluntary basis a project leader responsible for the theme co-ordination and execution.
The following plan is envisaged for the project execution:
- The project leader shall elaborate an implementation approach (content, form, list of necessary data, schedule) and distribute it to the participating countries
- Participants express their meaning (in writing or at the meeting), to the theme processing approach presented by the project leader. After adoption of relevant comments the project leader elaborates the final theme’ conception and forwards it to the participating countries.
- The project leader elaborates the theme topic and forwards the final report draft to acquaint the participants with it
- Having reviewed the report draft the participants shall submit their comments as well as any proposals for amendments, deletions or changes to the project leader.
- The project leader shall elaborate the final draft of the theme report, which he / she shall than submit to editors responsible for final stylistic revision (a German version to a relevant authority in Germany or Austria, a Russian version to a relevant authority in the Soviet Union) and, with financial backing of the IHP Committee of his / her own country, he / she assures publication of the report as the next follow-up volume of the Danube monograph.
Working languages are German and Russian. Both working languages can be used in correspondence and during meetings. The results shall be published in German and Russian.
The overall co-ordination of co-operation shall be performed by an IHP Committee of one of the participating countries (further referred to as “the co-ordinator”). The co-ordinator shall be responsible for formal preparation of publishing of the results, as well as providing assistance in summoning working sessions. Overall co-ordination will be changing in consonance with the IHP phases changing in turnstile.
The working sessions should be held as required, as a rule once a year. The IHP National Committee of a host country shall invite participants to a session in a timely manner, at the same time giving information regarding the place and the date of the session, as well as a preliminary agenda approved by the session co-ordinator.
The host country in co-operation with the co-ordinator shall process session minutes. The minutes should include an information as to where and approximately when the next session would be held.
Travelling costs and costs related to the stay of experts participating to a session are borne by the delegating country. Costs relating to actual organisation of the session (rent, translation fees, costs of typing and copying works, as well as costs of local transport, etc.) shall be borne by the IHP National Committee of the host country.
Submitted principles shall enter into force for the third phase of IHP as from the date of signature by the IHP National Committees of all eight Danubian countries. With the exception of the governmental resolutions, the principles shall be next applied to the fourth phase of the IHP project as well.
The Principles update from June 1996
Articles 1, 4 a 9 need to be changed as follows:
Following our long-time co-operation, the IHP National Committees of the Danubian countries decided to further co-operate in hydrology issues.
The co-operation is performed within the framework of the International Hydrological Program (IHP) UNESCO, especially in projects related to regional co-operation regarding large international river basins.
- The project leader shall elaborate a final draft of a theme report, which he / she shall than submit to editors responsible for final stylistic revision (a German version to a relevant authority in Germany or Austria, a Russian version to a relevant authority in Ukraine or Moldavia) and, with financial backing of the IHP Committee of his / her own country, he / she assures publication of the report as the next follow-up volume of the Danube monograph.
Submitted principles shall enter into force as from the date of signature of an IHP National Committee representative of a relevant Danubian country signing on behalf of this country. With the exception of differing governmental resolutions, the validity of the principles shall apply to the fifth and further phases of the IHP project too.
Resolution on adoption of the
Principles of the Danube Countries Regional Co-operation
within the framework of the
International Hydrological Programme UNESCO
in the area of hydrology
National Committee for International Hydrology programme UNESCO of the country
agrees on the content of the attached “Principles of regional co-operation” in German and Russian as adopted on the 1st working session of the third phase of the regional co-operation held in Budapest in 1987 and modified in June 1996. The National Committee shall endeavour to follow these principles. In the extent possible it shall actively participate especially in working on join research objectives.
On behalf of the
International Hydrology Program UNESCO
of the country
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