Water resources in the CEE region are important for the development of its countries, providing water for consumption, sanitation, irrigation, industrial use, navigation, fishing, recreation, and other purposes.

Ecosystems depending on water form the backbone of the region’s biodiversity including lakes, river basins, wetlands, coastal areas and groundwater.

Throughout the region, many water ecosystems have suffered from degradation or are threatened by pollution, overuse of surface and groundwater and habitat loss.