The project supported the integrated and sustainable management of the water resources in the country. It aimed at improving the competence of the ministry in charge of water resources management and of its subordinate authorities (water resources management administration) on the national and regional level in order to enable them to reform and develop the water sector and to establish effective organisational structures on both the national and the regional level.
During the first phase of the project (until 04/2006), a first basis for an improvement in the institutional framework and in the technical expertise was laid. A reform concept as well as detailed proposals for the areas to be regulated were agreed upon with the relevant stakeholders on the national level. Important fundamental decisions and drafts of new regulations are available by now and their binding introduction can be expected (Water Resources Management Policy; Strategic Policy Framework for the Water Sector; River Basin Institutional Set-up; Water Law, and others). Furthermore, areas of responsibility were defined on the level of the ministry and the related administration and internal reforms for an adaptation of the organisational set-up were initiated. In this phase, the project was split into 3 components.
The second phase concentrated its efforts on further supporting the reform process initiated. Accordingly, component 3 (utility support) was spun off and integrated into a complementary project, which is also being implemented by RODECO. The sector reform project now focused on two levels only.