This project was identified and designed through consultations over a period of some 10 months between the partners. The consultations took place in the context of the ENPI CBC Joint Operational Programme (JOP) Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013, which provides the framework for the implementation of cross border activities in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy. In particular, it addresses the call for proposals under JOP Priority 2 on environmental challenges and emergency preparedness, supporting long term solutions to the environmental problems faced by the border areas, particularly those associated with environmental emergencies where a co-coordinated approach is essential. The design was further driven by national and international legal obligations for preventing pollution of soils and waters.

The project will be managed by the Applicant which will set up a professionally-staffed Project Implementation Unit to undertake the day-to-day administration, coordination and reporting requirements. The responsibility for implementing individual project activities has been delegated to the Partners, as described below.

A Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be established for the overall coordination and guidance on project implementation from the onset of the project. The PSC will be chaired by Odessa State Department for Environmental Protection, and all the project partners in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania will be members of it. In addition, a representative of the JMA will be invited to participate.

The PSC will meet at least every four months during the lifetime of the project and be responsible for evaluating the implementation of the project, and ensuring achievement of the planned project results according to these criteria:
• Degree to which national and international environmental protection obligations are met;
• Environmental benefits;
• Degree of capacity building achieved;
• Cost-effectiveness;
• Socio-economic benefits and stakeholder engagement; and
• Sustainability of the project outcomes.

The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be responsible for the organisation and management of the PSC meetings and will act as secretary to the PSC. In this regard, the PIU will:
• Distribute the agenda and supporting documents well in advance of meetings;
• Organise travel and accommodation for participants as required;
• Send reminders to participants before meetings;
• Prepare and distribute minutes on discussions and decisions made, within five working days of the meeting

The PIU will be based in Odessa, supported by partner offices in Chisinau and Galati. It will have as a minimum the following staff capacity:
• Director
• Financial Manager
• Procurement Manager
• Environmental Management Expert
• Administrative Assistant
• Driver

Each of the partners in the project has specific expertise related to the project requirements in their respective countries and have contributed to the identification and design of the project. They will play an active part in its implementation. Each of the project activities will be coordinated by one of the partners, and other partners will contribute as appropriate.