DBSB: Agricultural Pollution Control Project - under WB-GEF Strategic Partnership for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River and Black Sea

Project Summary

The key objective of this project is to address the main cause of transboundary pollution in the Danube River and Black Sea by reducing the discharge of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) through integrated land and water management. The project would assist tha Government of Romania in its efforts to promote the adoption of environmentally friendly agricultural practices and to restore part of the former floodplain areas along the lower Danube, thus reducing discharge of nutrients and improve water quality in the Danube and Black Sea. The project would be part of a larger regional effort, facilitated by the GEF, to restore aquatic ecosystem health in the Black Sea Basin, which is threatened by excessive nutrient pollution. The project would demonstrate effective inter-sectoral mechanisms for combining good agricultural practices and wetland rehabilitation to reduce nutrient runoff to the Black Sea. It would assist the country to meet its obligations under the Bucharest Convention, the Odessa Declaration, the Danube Convention and the EU Directives. The project area will cover 60,000 ha of agricultural land located in Southern Romania; it borders the Danube and includes the Sticleanu Polder, a reclaimed floodplain area containing the Iezer Calarasi proposed nature reserve.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Government of Romania -- Ministry of Waters, Forests and Environment (MWFEP) and Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAF)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
300,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,150,000 USD
Co-financing Total
5,650,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 11,100,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
23 Oct 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
05 Jan 2000
Project Approved for Implementation
02 Nov 2001
Project closed
30 Jun 2007