The DIKTAS project is result of two initiatives, namely Athens Declaration and Petersburg Process and the ISARM workshop held in Thessaloniki in 2004. A first concrete step about DIKTAS project is made at the roundtable in Berlin in 2005. In 2006 a project preparatory workshop is organized by UNESCO in Belgrade. The further agreements about the project are made during a roundtable in Brdo kod Kranja (Slovenia) in 2007. In November 2008 a preparation phase inception workshop is held in Podgorica, Montenegro. The preparation phase is rounded off with the inception workshop in trebinje in december 2010. The project is now in the implementation phase (download the project flyer).
The proposed GEF project is the first ever attempted globally to introduce sustainable integrated management principles in a transboundary karstic freshwater aquifer of the magnitude of the Dinaric Karst System. At the global level the project aims at focusing the attention of the international community on the huge but vulnerable water resources contained in karst aquifers (carbonate rock formations), which are widespread globally, but poorly understood. The Dinaric Karst Aquifer System, shared by several countries and one of the world's largest, has been identified as an ideal opportunity for applying new and integrated management approaches to these unique freshwater resources and ecosystems. At the regional level the project's objectives are to:
- facilitate the equitable and sustainable utilization of the transboundary water resources of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System, and
- protect the unique groundwater dependent ecosystems that characterize the Dinaric Karst region of the Balkan peninsula.
These objectives are expected to be achieved through a concerted multi-country effort involving improvement in scientific understanding, the building of political consensus around key reforms and new policies, the enhanced coordination among countries, donors, projects and agencies, and the consolidation of national and international support. Read further at the DIKTAS project site.