Memorandum for joint management of Drin river basin
Controlling and coordinating the waters and biodiversity of the Drin river basin are some of the obligations outlined in the memorandum for joint management of the Drin river basin between FYR Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Greece.
On 25 November 2011 in Tirana, Albania the five Drin River Riparians signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a Shared Strategic Vision for the Sustainable Management of the Drin River Basin for the benefit of about 1.5 million people relying on the water resources of the basin for drinking water, agriculture, fisheries, industry and hydropower. Recent floods, in particular, have highlighted the need for such closer transboundary cooperation. Ministers and Deputy Ministers responsible for water issues from Albania, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo (UNSC 1244) and Montenegro signed the Memorandum, which represents a significant step forward in the development of transboundary cooperation in the Drin Basin. The Drin Dialogue process which was set up in 2009 to look into the many competing interests and challenges the Riparians are facing and which led to the signing of the Strategic Vision, is facilitated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med); the UNDP provides technical support. The process for the enhancement of the transboundary cooperation in Drin had been initiated already in 2006 with the assistance of the German Ministry of Environment and GEF IWLEARN.