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CABRI - Cooperation Along a Big RIver: Institutional coordination among stakeholders for environmental risk management in the Volga basin

Final Report Summary - CABRI-VOLGA (Cooperation Along a Big RIver: Institutional coordination among stakeholders for environmental risk management in the Volga basin)

From its large stakeholder network, CABRI-VOLGA recruited experts from various scientific and institutional backgrounds for participation in these expert group meetings. In each of them, over 70 experts from Russia, the European Union, America and Asia identified the following problems and challenges and formulated recommendations to solve them:
- Water quality, including drinking water, sanitation and public health, biodiversity and natural habitats;
- Risk management and overall vulnerability of the Volga Basin;
- Use of water resources in a sustainable manner;
- Economic development and sustainable transport in the Volga Basin;
- Institutional cooperation and stakeholder participation.

Strategic objectives

- To follow an integrative approach for assessing and remediating human-induced environmental risks in the Volga Basin, focusing on institutional coordination and cooperation, for a wide range of themes.
- To contribute to the development of a long-term perspective for scientific cooperation and experience exchange on integrated environmental risk management in large river basins and the development of policy initiatives and durable cooperation structures for raising awareness of stakeholders of equality and democratic principles; thus contributing to the promotion of environmental and human security in Russia and in Europe as a whole.

Operational project goals

- To provide an integrated package of policy instruments aimed at increasing effectiveness of coordination between institutions and synergy of cooperation activities among stakeholders in assessing and remediating human-induced environmental risks in the Volga Basin.
- To contribute to the development of an action plan and an agenda for future research on risk management in river basins in the EU and Russia / NIS.
- To contribute to the development of an action plan and an agenda for future research on risk management in river basins in the EU and Russia / NIS.

Operational project goals

- To extend the CABRI-VOLGA network from, as of November 2004, 54 confirmed institutions in Europe (from 23 countries) and 77 institutions in Russia and the NIS to at least 500 key institutions.
- To disseminate the project results by making all papers and reports publicly available (in English and Russian) through the project website and via electronic mailings and to actively promote the project via four newsletters, four press releases and a final conference.
- To set up sound and balanced international management structures, project evaluation and an independent policy advisory board.

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