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REPORT SECOND TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUBREGIONAL CENTRE RELATING TO DROUGHT IN SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNCCD (26-28 April 2006, Sofia, Bulgaria) Table of contents INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………3 Openning of the meeting and welcoming statements ...…………………………………………...3-6 AGENDA ITEM 1: a). Election of a Chairperson and adoption of the agenda……..……………..6 b). Tasks before the meeting………………………………………………….6 AGENDA ITEM 2: WMO experience in establishing regional drought monitoring centres…...6-7 AGENDA ITEM 3: Establishment of a Subregional center relating to drought in South- Eastern Europe (SEE) in the context of the implementation of the UNCCD………7-8 AGENDA ITEM 4: Adoption of the proposal on the Establishment of a Centre…………………8 AGENDA ITEM 5: Next steps on the Establishment of a Centre……..…..……………………...8 Attachment I: Framework for preparation of a project proposal the establishment of a “Droughts management Centre for South-Eastern Europe” in the context of the UNCCD………………………………………………………………9-13 Attachment II: List of participants………………………………………………………14-21 Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 2 INTRODUCTION 1. The Regional Meeting for strengthening cooperation in the field of land resources management in Central and Eastern Europe held in Minsk, Belarus, in December 2003 discussed the issue of implementing the UNCCD at subregional level. The participants expressed the need for establishing a Balkan Drought Monitoring Center, and requested the UNCCD Secretariat to organize a workshop to discuss this issue. 2. The UNCCD Secretariat organized a Technical workshop on drought preparedness in the Balkans within the context of the UNCCD in Poiana Brasov, Romania, 25-26 October 2004 together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Romania and in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). For the first time, it gathered together the UNCCD National Focal Points, the national scientific researchers and experts involved in drought issues, national meteorologists, relevant international organizations and programmes involved within the region and/or in drought issues with the view of exploring and building further steps for concrete actions related to ensuring drought preparedness. 3. The countries, participating at the Workshop (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Romania), agreed on the need to establish a subregional centre relating to drought management issues in the framework of the UNCCD. 4. Further to the request of the Workshop, the UNCCD Secretariat in cooperation with WMO and at the invitation of the Ministry of Environment and Waters of Bulgaria organized in Sofia, Bulgaria from 26 to 28 April 2006 the second Technical workshop on the establishment of a subregional centre relating to drought in South-eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD. 5. The main objective of the second workshop was to reach an agreement on the main issues relating to the establishment and functioning of a Centre. As was the case of the first workshop, the UNCCD focal points, national experts on drought preparedness and representatives of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) were brought together. The Workshop was attended by representatives from 12 countries. For the list of participants see attachment II. Opening of the meeting and welcoming statements 6. The Workshop was opened by the Deputy Minister Mrs. Lubka Katchakova, Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria. In her opening address the following major points were emphasized. • The year 2006 is a special year for the UNCCD. According to the resolution 211 of the United Nations this year was declared as an International year of deserts and desertification. 2006 will be also celebrated as an important anniversary of the UNCCD which has been into force since 1996. • The major goal of this Workshop is to agree on the basic questions related to the establishment and maintenance of a Drought Centre in South-eastern Europe. It is expected that till the end of the Workshop the participants will adopt a project proposal for establishment of such a Centre. • . During the last year Bulgaria was affected by severe floods which were damaging the national infrastructure, agriculture, economy, human health, wellbeing and properties, etc. Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 3 Nevertheless, the drought problem is an important environmental issue. Drought is a natural phenomenon that has significant economic, social and environmental impacts. At any given time, at least one nation in the world is being adversely affected by drought. Although drought is a natural component of the climate in arid and semi-arid areas, it can occur in areas, which normally receive adequate precipitation • Available meteorological, agro meteorological and hydrological data indicates that droughts occurred frequently through the last century in Europe and that they are a part of the climatic cycle, especially in South-eastern Europe. For example, significant drought periods in Bulgaria occurred in the 1940s and during the last two decades of the 20th century, especially the period from 1982 to 1994. Summer droughts occur frequently in the southern and eastern territories of the country. Sometimes the drought in Bulgaria could last up to 40-50 days affecting both the environmental and socio-economic conditions. The droughts in the country appeared during the last decade damaged natural water resources and forest ecosystems as well as agricultural production • The project "Bulgarian National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) for Improved Global Environmental Management" was implemented by the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with resources of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project enabled an in-depth assessment of the existing capacities of Bulgaria to fulfil its obligations under three UN Conventions - the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification and to develop Strategy and Plan for capacity improvement. • As a continuation of the above cooperation a new project started already. The project “Capacity Building for Sustainable Land Management” is a joint initiative of the UNDP, Ministry of Environment and Water and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Bulgaria. The project will support the enforcement of the UNCCD. The project now deals with the National Strategy and Action Plan to combat desertification. • Bulgaria will join to the common efforts in drought preparedness, monitoring and management in South-eastern Europe, in accordance within the UNCCD context. It is also considered that by applying early warning systems the proposed Drought Centre will decrease vulnerability and risk to drought in the region of the Balkan Peninsula. 7. In her statement, Mrs. Elysabeth David, Coordinator, of the Europe unit of the UNCCD Secretariat, on behalf of Mr. Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD secretariat, welcomed the participants and the Ministry of Environment and Waters of Bulgaria and World Meteorological Organization. • She recalled that at the request of the participants of the first technical workshop, the second workshop like the first one brings together the UNCCD focal points of interested affected country Parties from the Southern-eastern Europe, the national experts on drought as well as representatives of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. • She highlighted the important role to be played by South-eastern European countries in elaborating National Drought Strategies and integrating them within National Action Programmes as well as in launching subregional activities related to drought management under the regional UNCCD implementation annexes IV for Northern Mediterranean and V for Central and Eastern Europe. Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 4 • Finally, she expressed the hope of the UNCCD Secretariat that the establishment of a subregional centre related to drought in the context of UNCCD will contribute, among others, to the process of implementing the UNCCD in Southern-eastern Europe. 8. On behalf of Dr Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of WMO, M.V.K. Sivakumar, Chief, Agricultural Meteorology Division, WMO, Geneva extended a very warm welcome to the participants. In his welcoming remarks, Dr Sivakumar emphasized the following points. • The fight against drought and desertification receives a high priority in the Long-term Plan of the WMO, particularly under the Agricultural Meteorology Programme, the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme and the Technical Co-operation Programme. • WMO involves actively the NMHSs and the regional and subregional meteorological centres and other bodies in the improvement of hydrological and meteorological networks for systematic observation, exchange and analysis of data. • WMO also works actively with these agencies in the development of long-term strategies to promote meteorological and hydrological activities that contribute to better monitoring of droughts and use of medium- and long-range weather forecasts and assists in the transfer of knowledge and technology. • Early warning systems for droughts allow individuals and communities to act in sufficient time to reduce the possibility of loss of life, personal injury, and damage to property and fragile environments. Enhanced application of science and technology, including prediction and early warning with good lead time, about impending droughts provide the best solution for the minimization of the loss of life and property damages. Prediction and early warning information and products are vital in enhancing food and agricultural production as well as in the utilization and management of fresh water, energy and other natural resources that are sensitive to extreme weather and climate events. • Equipped with an improved understanding of the physical mechanisms that govern the climate and with more reliable predictive models, countries would be in a far better position to predict the onset of drought and hence mitigate the devastating consequences. Strategic plans could then be developed for capitalising on the extended predictive capabilities and for converting the forecasts to management decisions that will optimise the use of existing resources. • Prediction on seasonal and longer timescales, as a basis for warning, is a developing community service. WMO believes that the progress being made in climate research, where appropriate, should be translated into forms that will elevate the socio-economic well being of humanity. • In 1995 WMO Twelfth Meteorological Congress endorsed the Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project to build on research achievements and provide information, including expectations of future conditions, to improve economic and social decisions. One of the immediate tasks of the CLIPS project has been to assist in developing the capability of NMHSs to receive and utilize the global climate information and prediction products which are currently being produced by several major climate centres around the world. In collaboration with partner institutions, WMO has organized several Regional Climate Outlook Fora (RCOF) in many parts of the world. The fora have Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 5 enabled researchers from various advanced climate prediction centres, regional operational climate centres and experts from NMHSs, to develop consensus or consolidated climate outlook guidance products, together with guidance on interpretation, for dissemination to users. • In the late seventies and eighties, droughts caused widespread famine and economic hardships in many countries in eastern and southern Africa. At the request of 24 countries in these regions, WMO established two Drought Monitoring Centres (DMCs) in Nairobi, Kenya and Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1989 with support from UNDP. The DMCs were charged with timely monitoring of drought, with respect to its intensity, geographical extent, duration and impact on agricultural production; and giving early warning to enable the formulation of appropriate strategies to combat its adverse effects. Since their establishment, the DMCs played an important and useful role in providing the regions with weather and climate advisories and, more importantly, advance warnings on droughts. • The initiative to establish the subregional Drought Management Center in south-Eastern Europe is very timely and WMO looks forward to working very closely with all the countries involved towards the realization of this goal. AGENDA ITEM 1: a). Election of a Chairperson and adoption of the agenda 9. The Workshop proceeded with the election of a Chairperson of the meeting. In accordance with the established practice, a representative of the host country (Bulgaria) had been proposed to chair the Workshop. After informal discussion and consultations, the candidature of Assoc. Prof. Vesselin Alexandrov was presented to the Workshop participants. Mr. V. Alexandrov was unanimously elected as a Chairman of the Workshop. Then the participating countries adopted the agenda of the Workshop. b). Tasks before the meeting 10. Mrs Elysabeth David presented the outcome of the First workshop on drought preparedness (held in Poiana Brasov, Romania, October 2004) and the CD-rom produced after the meeting was redistributed. She recalled that a questionnaire was sent by the UNCCD secretariat to countries of the first workshop to get their feedback on the objectives, aim and mandate, the tasks to be undertaken by the center, the main products to be delivered by the center as well as the main’s country ‘s expectations in terms of needs and how the country could contribute to the center. Finally, the countries were called upon for proposals of name for the said center. 11. She indicated that the UNCCD secretariat received answers to the questionnaires from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania and Turkey. Based on these answers, a document called “Proposal for laying the foundation and for the terms of reference and mandate of the Balkan Sub regional Drought Management Center” to be established promoting the implementation of UNCCD aims” (August 2005) was prepared by the ad-hoc Contact Group set up by the First Technical Workshop on Drought Preparedness in the Balkans within the context of the UNCCD. A shorter working paper was prepared by the UNCCD secretariat in cooperation with WMO and sent to South Eastern countries. Based on the received comments an integrated proposal was prepared for this meeting. 12. Then the representative of the UNCCD secretariat presented the tasks of the meeting as follow: to discuss the integrated proposal with a view of its adoption, to discuss the process of selection of Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 6 the host country, including criteria and to agree upon the next steps which should be needed for the establishment of the Center. AGENDA ITEM 2: WMO experience in establishing regional drought monitoring centres 13. Dr M.V.K. Sivakumar made a presentation on WMO experience in establishing Regional Drought Monitoring Centres. • He spoke about the current situation of droughts in different parts of the world including East Africa, Australia, United Kingdom and USA. He explained the overall goal of drought monitoring and the situation that led to the establishment of the Drought Monitoring Centres (DMCs) for Eastern and Southern Africa in Nairobi and Harare respectively in 1989/90 by the African Governments with WMO as Executing Agency. Initial funding for these Centres came from UNDP, but at the end of the UNDP funded Project in 1998 and due to the increased demand for climate information and prediction services, the Nairobi and Harare components started operating independently. Currently DMC, Nairobi caters for countries in IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) and other countries in the Horn of Africa region, while DMC, Harare is responsible for countries in southern Africa. • The 10th Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government that was held in Kampala, Uganda in October 2003 ratified the decision to absorb DMC, Nairobi as an autonomous specialized Institution of IGAD. Since April 2002, core activities of DMC, Harare are funded by SADC. However, programme activities are still being funded by cooperating partners:WMO, USAID, NOAA and others. • Dr Sivakumar then described the role of DMCs and their operational activities. The DMCs have over the years hosted many scientists from mostly the subregions. They have also facilitated secondment of scientists to other global centres. Typically the scientists are hosted for a period of six months at a time at the DMCs. There is also a strong emphasis on capacity building and Dr Sivakumar described the Regional Climate Outlook Fora that are organized in the two subregions and the products that are disseminated to the countries in the subregions. Finally, Dr Sivakumar described the challenges and opportunities for the DMCs. AGENDA ITEM 3: “Establishment of a subregional centre relating to drought in South- eastern Europe in the context of the implementation of the UNCCD” 14. The Workshop participants had before them an “Integrated Project Proposal” on the establishment of a sub-regional Centre relating to drought in South-eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD prepared by the UNCCD Secretariat in consultations with WMO, which contained submitted comments. 15. At the invitation of the Chair of the workshop, the Chair of the former ad-hoc Contact Group set up by the First Technical Workshop on Drought Preparedness in the Balkans within the context of the UNCCD (see paragraph 11), Prof. Dr. Laszlo Vermes, presented his views as follows: • In his view, both the objectives and the tasks of the planned Center are considered as too much. Some selection and reduction is necessary, or making at least a ranking among the suggestions, creating a priority list and also some phases of the work: three or four phases in Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 7 which the tasks and objectives could be introduced according to the priority list, step by step and phases by phases. • All aspects of the establishment are equally important, not only the objectives, the functions and the tasks, but the organizational, operational, structural, maintenance, financial and methodological questions as well. All these should be discussed in details during the Workshop in Sofia, especially the questions mentioned in the point 10 of the original Proposal. • The role and work of the Center is far not only a meteorological matter – in-spite of it is based on the meteorological services of the participating countries, – and for making a good job other connecting professions and technical fields should be involved, like hydrology, agronomy, soil science, civil engineering and some social experts, too. Without this complex view and work neither a good evaluation of the data nor any good proposal and forecast can not be done for an effective drought mitigation. • The ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage), whom he representing in Sofia Workshop, more than 10 years ago started to deal with the problems of drought. Now it seems that their dreams and efforts are coming true with the establishment of this Sub- regional Drought Management Center: this will implement the majority of earlier proposals for an international cooperation on drought mitigation among the European countries. The network is given: the interested countries are the participants, the tasks is now to find the Center of this network. • The responsibility of this sub-regional Center is huge in operating this network and give useful data and forecast to all participants concerning drought events. In his view the major and more important tasks of the Center are as follows: i) monitoring and evaluation of the data observed, 2) forecasting the development of drought events, and 3) drawing the drought sensitivity map for the sub-region. All other tasks are of secondary importance. • Finally Prof. Vermes suggested the necessity to create and operate an International Scientific/technical Advisory Board in the frame of the Center which can help for the management solving first of all the relevant methodological questions, but all necessary functional problems, too. He also emphasized his satisfaction with the progress reached on the establishment of the Center, but he will be fully happy if he could take part in the real opening ceremony of the Center in the near future. 16. The floor was then given to all representatives of each interested South-eastern European country to present the position of their countries on the “Integrated Project Proposal”. There was then a general discussion with questions and answers on this paper. After that the Workshop participants proceeded with negotiations on the contents of each paragraph of the “Integrated Project Proposal” (including the title of the Center) which was renamed ‘Framework for the preparation of a project proposal on the establishment of a sub-regional centre relating to drought in South-eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD”. AGENDA ITEM 4: “Adoption of the Proposal on the Establishment of a Centre” 17. The Chairman of the Workshop presented the finalized document the ‘Framework for the preparation of a project proposal on the establishment of a sub-regional centre relating to drought in South-eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD” reflecting the discussion on Item 3. After discussion the Framework was then adopted by the Workshop (See attachment 1). Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 8 AGENDA ITEM 5: “Next steps on the Establishment of a Centre” 18. WMO representative introduced some core criteria for selection of the host country for the Centre: institutional, staffing, technical and financial. After discussion on a note on the further steps towards the establishment of a drought management the center for South- eastern Europe prepared by the representatives from the UNCCD Secretariat and WMO the participants of the Workshop agreed with the text on further steps as contained in attachment 1. 19. The representatives from Romania and Slovenia were invited to present information on their proposals on the establishment of a Centre that they took the initiative to send to WMO before the meeting. Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 9 Attachment I CONCLUSIONS OF THE WORKSHOP I. FRAMEWORK FOR THE PREPARATION OF A PROJECT PROPOSAL ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DROUGHT MANAGEMENT CENTRE FOR SOUTH- EASTERN EUROPE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION (UNCCD) 1. The participants at the workshop adopted the following framework proposal on the establishment of a subregional “Drought Management Centre for South-Eastern Europe” (DMCSEE) within the context of the UNCCD and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) mandate. 2. At a Technical Workshop on Drought Preparedness in the Balkans within the context of the UNCCD, held from 25 to 27 October 2004 in Poiana Brasov, Romania, the participating countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova and Romania), in the presence of the representatives of a number of international organizations and programmes, agreed on the need to establish, in the context of the UNCCD, a subregional centre relating to drought management issues, designated in the present document as “the Centre”. 3. Following an analysis of the answers submitted by interested countries to questionnaires, the participating countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey, at a Second Technical Workshop on the establishment of a subregional centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe within the context of the UNCCD, held from 26 to 28 April 2006 in Sofia, Bulgaria, reached unanimous agreement on the establishing of a centre for South-Eastern Europe. Representatives from Serbia and Montenegro also attended the workshop as observers. 4. The title of the Centre shall be the Drought Management Centre for South-Eastern Europe (DMCSEE). 5. A decision on the legal status of the Centre shall be taken at a later stage. A. Aims and objectives 6. The aims and objectives of the Centre are as follows: (a) To serve as an operational centre for South-Eastern Europe for drought preparedness, monitoring and management; (b) To create and coordinate a subregional network of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and other relevant institutions; (c) To coordinate and provide the operational guidelines that will assist the NMHSs and other relevant institutions in the subregion to interpret and apply drought-related products; (d) To prepare drought monitoring and forecast products and make them available on near real-time basis to relevant institutions in participating countries; Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 10 (e) To promote and strengthen the technical and scientific capacity for drought preparedness, monitoring and management in participating countries; (f) To facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices on drought issues; (g) To enhance synergies among NMHSs, national UNCCD coordinating bodies, other international organizations and the scientific community on drought issues; (h) To enhance the implementation of the UNCCD in the context of drought preparedness, monitoring and management, in particular in working out a national drought strategy; (i) To collaborate actively with international research frameworks and programmes, to ensure the full participation of the South-Eastern European countries in such frameworks and programmes. B. Core functions 7. In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the Centre shall carry out the following core functions: (a) Encouraging effective national drought preparedness, monitoring and management in the participating countries; (b) Enhancing the early warning capacity for drought in the subregion; (c) Developing and promoting the use of common methodologies and standards for drought preparedness, monitoring and management; (d) Organizing appropriate training and capacity-building activities; (e) Providing advisory services, guidelines and technical support on drought preparedness, monitoring and management; (f) Collecting and disseminating drought information; (g) Serving as a subregional information, documentation and reference centre on drought preparedness, monitoring and management; (h) Promoting the development and transfer of technologies to cope with droughts; (i) Promoting an integrated policy approach to drought preparedness, monitoring and management; (j) Raising the awareness of the target audience about the importance of effective drought preparedness, monitoring and management strategies in the subregion; Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 11 (k) Collaborating actively with international research frameworks and programmes, to ensure the full participation of the South-Eastern European countries in such frameworks and programmes. C. Core tasks 8. In order to fulfil its above-mentioned functions the Centre shall undertake the following core tasks: (a) To collect, compile, process, analyse, interpret, assess and validate relevant data on drought events in South-Eastern Europe, including the common methodologies; (b) To establish risk factors on the basis of analysis and modelling in order to provide timely drought forecasts in the subregion; (c) To improve the accuracy, homogeneity and spatial coverage of the monitored parameters/indicators necessary for effective drought preparedness, monitoring and management; (d) To design the databases in accordance with the experience and standards of WMO and UNCCD requirements and promote their application using, among others, GIS and remote sensing technologies; (e) To develop new applications and techniques to identify, among others, areas with potential risk of drought occurrence, drought sensitivity maps, etc. (f) To enhance climate monitoring and modelling activities for diagnostic analysis and forecasting; (g) To produce and deliver/disseminate appropriate information and products to end- users; (h) To act as a link in order to improve the capacity and inter-operatability of the NMHSs and achieve full compatibility; (i) To facilitate the preparation of subregional environmental and economic analyses related to drought, as appropriate; (j) To collect and recommend customized measures for the mitigation of negative drought impacts; (k) To provide specialized training and exchange programmes on drought issues; (l) To organize subregional seminars for the end-users; (m) To organize subregional awareness-raising campaigns for the target audience, the public and the media; Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 12 (n) To provide recommendations to authorized national institutions in participating countries on drought-related policies and legislation; (o) To work out project proposals for joint programmes of members in the international research and development cooperation frameworks; (p) To establish and maintain an active web page and regularly update information for participating countries; (q) To contribute to the UNCCD reporting process at the subregional level; (r) To establish a common QA/QC system (quality assurance and quality control) for collecting, processing and validating data. II. FURTHER STEPS TOWARDS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DROUGHT MANAGEMENT CENTRE FOR SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE 9. The participants of the workshop agreed to the following further steps: 10. Interested South-Eastern European countries shall send their proposals before 30 June 2006 to both the Executive Secretary of UNCCD and the Secretary General of WMO to host the Centre. Each proposal is to be accompanied by an official letter signed at the Ministerial level. The following core criteria should be used in the description of the proposal by the host country: - Institutional - Staffing - Technical - Financial 11. A detailed template to be completed by countries interested in hosting the Centre has been prepared by WMO in cooperation with the UNCCD secretariat and is being circulated to all South- Eastern European country Parties to the UNCCD which are participating in the process of establishing the Centre. 12. The UNCCD secretariat will officially circulate the proposals received to all South-Eastern European country Parties to the UNCCD for their consideration and to a South-Eastern European country non-party to the UNCCD for information. 13. UNCCD national coordinating bodies, NMHSs and the relevant scientific community in each South-Eastern European country Party to the UNCCD will consider these proposals and decide their own national position on the selection of the future host country for the Centre. 14. WMO will organize a meeting of the representatives from the Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva from the South-Eastern European country Parties to the UNCCD (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey) tentatively planned for September 2006. Representatives of the UNCCD secretariat and the Chairman of the Second Technical Workshop will be invited to attend this meeting. Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 13 15. A secret voting process for the selection of the country to host the Centre will be organized at this meeting and the representatives from these Permanent Missions, duly instructed by their capitals, will participate in the voting. 16. In order to ensure both the validity of the voting process and full transparency, the teller for the vote will be seconded by the United Nations Office at Geneva. 17. Following this meeting, WMO and the UNCCD secretariat will inform all the concerned countries about the result of the voting process. 18. Subsequently, WMO and the UNCCD secretariat will prepare a comprehensive project proposal in full cooperation with the country selected to host the Centre. 19. A joint communication by the UNCCD secretariat and WMO on the agreement to establish the Centre will be prepared and circulated at the fifth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 5) to be held in Argentina in October 2006. A representative of Bulgaria at CRIC 5 will make a statement on behalf of the participating countries. 20. WMO will use its relevant channels to provide information to NMHSs on all further steps regarding the Centre. 21. Similarly, the UNCCD secretariat will use its own channels, in particular the regional meetings of Regional Implementation Annex IV for the Northern Mediterranean and of Regional Implementation Annex V for Central and Eastern Europe, to provide relevant information on all further steps regarding the Centre. Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 14 Attachment II List of participants SECOND TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUB-REGIONAL CENTER RELATED TO DROUGHT IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNCCD SOFIA, BULGARIA, 26-28 APRIL 2006 FINAL LIST OF PARTICIPANTS COUNTRY PARTIES Country name Name of participants ALBANIA Mr. Sajmir Hoxha UNCCD Focal Point Cabinet Director, Specialist for Land Management Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration Rr. Durresi, Nr. 27 Tirana, Albania Tel: +355-4 224456 Fax: +355-4 270627 E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Justina Borici Director of Soil Science Institute Rruga Durresit, Laprake Tirane, Albania Tel/fax: +355-4 228367 E-mail: email@example.com Mr. Mitat Sanxhaku (PR) NHMS Academy of Sciences Hydrometeorological Institute “DURRESI” Street, No. 219 Tirana, Albania Tel: +355-4 223518 Fax: +355-4 223518 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org BOSNIA AND Prof. Dr. Hamid Custovic HERZEGOVINA UNCCD Focal Point Agricultural Faculty in Sarajevo Zmaja od Bosne 8, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Tel: +387-3 3653033 Fax: +387-3 3667429 Mobile: +387-6 177 52 11 E-mail: email@example.com Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 15 Mr. Enes Alagic Expert on drought Head of Water Management and Development Sector in Public Enterprise Water Management Company Federal Ministries for Agriculture Water Management and Forestry's-Public Enterprise “Sava River catchment area" Sarajevo, St. Grbavicka 4, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Tel: +387-3 3209831 Fax: +387-3 3209831 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Nedzad Voljevica NHMS Head of Agrimeteorological Division Federal Meteorological Institute Bardakcije 12, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Tel: +387-3 3276700 Fax: +387-3 3276701 E-mail: email@example.com BULGARIA Ms. Tatyana Dimitrova UNCCD Focal Point Expert in Mining Environment and Underground Resources Department Ministry of Environment and Water Maria Luiza Street 22, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria Tel: +359-2 9406532 Fax: +359-2 9809641 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Prof. Vesselin Alexandrov Expert on drought Head Department of Meteorology National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology 66, Tsarigradsko chaussee, blvd. 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria Tel.: +359-2 9753996455 Fax: +359-2 9884494 E-mail: Vesselin.email@example.com Dr. Konstantin Tsankov NHMS Bulgarian Academy of Sciences National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology Blvd. 66 Tsarigradsko chaussee, 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria Tel: +3592 9753986 Fax: +3592 9884494 / 9880380 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 16 CROATIA Ms. Marija Vihovanec UNCCD Focal Point Senior Advisor Soil Protection Department Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction Setalista k. F. Sepera 12, 31000 Osijek, Croatia Tel: +385-3 1201211 Fax: +385-3 1201212 E-mail: email@example.com Dr. Msc. Milan Mesic Expert on drought Professor Faculty of Agriculture Department of General Agronomy Svettosimunska 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia Tel: +385-1 2393956 Fax: +385-1 2393981 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Ivan Cacic (PR) NHMS Meteorological and Hydrological Service Gric 3 HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia Tel: +3851 4565693 Fax: +3851 4851901 E-mail: email@example.com Mr. Kreso Pandzic NHMS Meteorological and Hydrological Service Gric 3 HR-10000, Zagreb, Croatia Tel: +3851 4565684 Fax: +3851 4851901 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FYR OF MACEDONIA Ms. Gordana Kozuharova UNCCD Focal Point Head of European Integration Department Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning Drezdenska 52, 1000 Skopje, FYR of Macedonia Tel: +389-2 3066930 ext. 132 Fax: +389-2 3066931 E-mail: email@example.com Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 17 Mr. Vladimir Stavrik Expert on drought ІІІ Makedonska Brigada 10 a, 1000 Scopje, FYR of Macedonia Tel: +3890-2 3289282 +3890-2 3291116 +3890-70355592 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Dr. Vlado Spiridonov (PR) NHMS Hydrometeorological Service Skupi bb 1000 Skopje, FYR of Macedonia Tel: +3890-2 3097103 Fax: +3890-2 3097118 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Angelko Angeleski NHMS Expert in Agrometeorology Hydrometeorological Service Skupi bb 1000 Skopje, FYR of Macedonia Tel: +3890-2 3097103 Fax: +3890-2 3097118 E-mail: email@example.com Mr. Pece Ristevski NHMS Advisor for Climatology Hydrometeorological Service Skupi bb 1000 Skopje, FYR of Macedonia Tel: +3890-2 3097103 Fax: +3890-2 3097118 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com HUNGARY Dr. Zoltan Dunkel (PR) NHMS OMSZ – Hungarian Meteorological Service P.O. Box 38 Kitaibel Pal utca 1, H-1024 Budapest, Hungary Tel: +361 3464660 Fax: +361 3464669 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 18 REP. OF MOLDOVA Dr. Ilie Boian UNCCD Focal Point First Deputy Director State Hydrometeorological Service 193 Grenoble Str., MD 2043 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova Tel/ Fax: +373-2 2773529 Tel: +373-2 2773633 E-mail: email@example.com Dr. Ilia Mangul Expert Deputy Chief Meteorology Department State Hydrometeorological Service 193 Grenoble Str., MD 2043 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova Tel: +373-2 2773530 Fax: +373-2 2773529 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Natalia Berghi NHMS Chief International Division and European Integration State Hydrometeorological Service 193 Grenoble Str. MD 2043 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova Tel/ Fax: +373-2 2773529 E-mail: email@example.com ROMANIA Mr. Viorel Blujdea UNCCD Focal Point Researcher Forest Research and Management Planning Institute Sos. Stefanesti 128, 077190 Voluntari, Ilfov Mobile: +40-745-018387 Tel: +4021-3503240 Fax. +4021-3503245 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 19 Dr. Elena Mateescu NHMS Head of Agrometeorological Group National Meteorological Administration Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti 97 013686 Bucharest, ROMANIA Tel: +4021-3183240/ 173 Fax: +4021-3187762 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Cornel Soci NHMS National Meteorological Administration Acting Manager 97, sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti 013686 Bucharest, Romania Tel/fax: +4021-3162139 E-mail: email@example.com SLOVENIA Mr. Gregor Gregoric Representative of the UNCCD Focal Point Environmental Agency Vojkova c.1/b, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia Tel: +386-1 4784065 Fax: +386-1 4784052 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Mr. Jozef Roskar NHMS Head of Slovenian Meteorogological Office Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia Vojkova 1b, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia p.p. 2608 Tel: +3861 4784178 Fax: +3861 4784052 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org TURKEY Mr. Mevlüt Düzgün UNCCD Focal Point Ministry of Environment and Forestry Sogutozu Cad. 14/ E, Kat.7 0560 Ankara, Turkey Tel: +90-31220750 00/ 5293 Fax: +90-3122075320 E-mail: email@example.com Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 20 Mr. Erdogan Özevren Expert Division Directory of Combating of Desertification Ministry of Environment and Forestry General Director of Aforestation and Erosion Control Sogutozu Cad. 14/ E, Kat.12, 06560 Ankara, Turkey Tel. +90-3122075716 Fax: +90-3122075756 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Bülent Yagci NHMS Head of Research and Computer division Turkish State Meteorological Service P.O. Box 401, Ankara, Turkey Tel: +90312 3022626 Fax: +90312 3612040 E-mail: email@example.com COUNTRY NON PARTY SERBIA & Ms. Jovanka Andrejevic MONTENEGRO NHMS Republic Hydrometeorology Service of Serbia KnezaViseslava 66, Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro Tel: +381-113537923 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Dragan Jovanovic, Assistant Director for Meteorology Republic Hydrometeorologich Service of Serbia Kneza Viseslava 66 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro Tel: +381-113537860 Fax: +381-113537847 E-mail: email@example.com MEMBERS OF THE EXPERT GROUP OF CST Ms. Maria Sokolovska Forest Research Institue, BAS 132, Bulv. Kliment Ohridski, 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria Tel: +359-2 9620442 Fax: +359-2 9620447 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Second Technical Workshop on the Establishment of a Subregional Centre relating to drought in South-Eastern Europe in the context of the UNCCD 21 Prof. Laszlo Vermes Budapest Corvinus University Faculty of Horticultural Sciences Dept. of Soil Sciences and Water Management Villányi út 29-43, 1118 Budapest, Hungary Tel: +36-1 4826272 Fax: +36-1 4826336 E-mail: email@example.com UNCCD Secretariat Ms. Elysabeth David Coordinator Europe Unit Martin-Luther-King-Strasse 8, 53175 Bonn, Germany Tel: +49-228 8152834 Fax: +49-228 8152898/99 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Mikhail Outkine Programme Officer Martin-Luther-King-Strasse 8, 53175 Bonn, Germany Tel: +49-228 8152850 Fax: +49-228 8152898/99 E-mail: email@example.com WMO Dr M.V.K. Sivakumar Chief Agricultural Meteorology Division World Meteorological Organization 7bis Avenue de la Paix P.O. 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