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LIFE WatClima-Bulgaria’s Water Strategies for Transition to a Climate Neutral and Resilient Society

Organisation: CEEweb for biodiversity Website: Added: June 19, 2023
Project start date: December 01, 2022
Project end date: November 30, 2025


The LIFE WatClima project aims to address the challenges posed by climate change in the water sector in Bulgaria. The country has experienced extreme floods and droughts, leading to significant damages and disruptions in water supply. The project aims to develop two key water strategy documents, the National Strategy for Management & Development of the Water Sector and the National Strategy for Development & Management of the Water Supply & Sanitation Sector, in a synchronized manner. By improving the capacity of the relevant ministries and stakeholders, the project seeks to enhance the governance and planning of climate action policies in the water sector. It aims to integrate climate objectives into water policies, mobilize investments, and involve stakeholders and civil society in the strategic decision-making process.

Financial data

Total Eligible Budget: €2,100,084, EU Contribution: €1,260,048, EU Funding Percentage: 60%


• Strengthen coordination and collaboration between the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW) for the development and implementation of strategic water sector documents.

• Enhance the capacity of Water Supply & Sewerage (WSS) operators to integrate climate neutrality and adaptation aspects into their planning processes.

• Foster public awareness and engagement in the transition of the water sector towards carbon neutrality and climate change adaptation.

• Ensure long-term sustainability and replication of project outcomes by disseminating successful practices to all WSS operators in Bulgaria.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.