Concepts for Integrated Transboundary Water Management and Sustainable Socio-economic Development in the Cross Border Region of Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece

The TRABOREMA Project will stabilise and reinforce research potential in the field of integrated management of regional water resources planning and policy in a transboundary lake region between Albania, FYROM and Greece. Using the EU Water Framework Directive as a guideline, the Consortium, which also includes universities specialised in environmental issues from Austria and Spain, will design and implement a monitoring system in the catchment to Lake Prespa. Together they will research upstream/downstream water user demands to determine environmental pressures and impacts in terms of ecological quality ratios (EQR) for the target region. This data will be modelled and simulated using state of the art computer applications to make predictions and perform sc enarios. The results will be analysed and used as a basis for transboundary policy recommendations for integrated management of the water resources and sustainable socio economic development of the region.

The strategic objectives of the TRABOREMA Project are:

1. Form successful and enduring partnerships within the consortium and to interested parties such as authorities, policy makers and public participants within countries of the target region and to EU member states to help settle political and social sit uation in the Western Balkans.

2. Communicate the importance of integrated water management (which incorporates waste and energy) as a theme of common interest to contribute to sustainable development in the Western Balkans.

3. Develop methodologies for impl ementation of transboundary integrated water management in Lake Prespa and associated river basin as a pilot region, which can then be transferred to other regions.

4. Implement a monitoring system to deliver data for development and verification of ecologic al quality ratios (EQR) and computer-based modelling and simulation for the target region.

5. Make recommendations for sustainable development policy

Project type
  • FP6
Country of the coordinating institution
Contact details
Address:Project coordinator: Montan Universität Leben, Department of Geoscience, Division of Environmental System Engineering Analysis Contact Person: Hans Kuerzl Franz Josef Strasse 18
Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • International; Other
  • Republic of North Macedonia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Engineering and Technology
June 2004 - May 2007

Entry created by Elke Dall on July 20, 2009
Modified on April 3, 2012