The Sava river basin, a major drainage basin of the South-Eastern Europe, and the Sava river, the richest-in-water Danube tributary, are widely known for its high environmental and socio-economic values (i.e. for natural beauty, an outstanding biological and landscape diversity, high retention capacity, and high potential for development of economic activities, such as waterway transport, hydropower generation, tourism and recreation), so that a well-balanced approach is necessary to use the potential and preserve the existing values simultaneously.
Source: Secretariat of the International Sava River Basin Commission.
The Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB) the legal framework for transboundary water cooperation in the Sava river basin, was created as a response to two major challenges:
Despite of all challenges, the FASRB is considered as a solid basis for the integrated water resources management in the Sava river basin. Although rather demanding in terms of the need for resources and continuous, joint efforts of the Parties, the FASRB implementation is perceived as a process providing multiple benefits for the Parties, and making a steady progress toward the key objective – sustainable development of the region within the basin.
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