Enabling transboundary cooperation and integrated water resources management in the extended Drin River Basin

Lead country


Participating countries

Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 6, 2015 to July 31, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  2. 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  3. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Project ID: 4482

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Cross cutting governance and learning


  • Conserved areas
  • FreshWaters


  • Locally managed marine areas
  • Transboundary conservation areas
  • Lakes

Transformed sector(s)

  • Fisheries

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Data collection and analysis


  • Enabling
  • Governance
  • Management operation


  • Community engagement
  • Mainstream
  • Institutional framework
  • Transboundary governance
  • Partnerships
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration

Social inclusion

  • Women

Gender equality

  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning
  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


The proposed project is fully consistent with the long term goal of the International Waters focal area, i.e.: the promotion of collective management for transboundary water systems and subsequent implementation of the full range of policy, legal, and institutional reforms and investments contributing to sustainable use and maintenance of ecosystem services. Its specific objectives fall under Objective 3 of the IW Focal Area: Support foundational capacity building  for ecosystem-based, joint management of transboundary water systems, which includes dialogue, capacity building for legal reforms, and potential agreement for improved legal and governance matters at multiple levels from the transboundary to sub-basin, national, and local. Finally, the project, with its consideration of climatic variability and change, role of groundwater, and gender mainstreaming, responds to specific requirements of the GEF IW Strategy.


To foster the joint management of the shared water resources of the extended transboundary Drin River Basin, including coordination mechanisms among the various sub-basin commissions and committees (Lakes Prespa, Ohrid and Skadar).

USD $4,600,000

Grant amount

USD $221,949,721

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,600,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • GWP

Project metrics

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