Towards joint management of the transboundary Gauja/Koiva river basin district (Gauja/Koiva)

Project acronym: Gauja/Koiva
 Project duration: 01.07.2011 – 31.12.2013
 Project financied by: Estonia-Latvia programme 2007.-2013
 Project lead partner: Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
 Project partners: Latvian Ministry of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development; University of Latvia - Institute of Biology; Baltic Environmental Forum- Latvia; Baltic Environmental Forum - Estonia; Tallinn University of Technology; Estonian University of Life Sciences.
 The overall objective is to enhance management of shared surface and groundwater resources by development of a joint river basin management plan for the transboundary Gauja/Koiva river basin district.
The specific objectives are to:
• get unified boundaries of transboundary water bodies;
• clarify and set common water quality objectives for the basin district;
• harmonize the approaches and methods for the key aspects of river basin management plans;
• select cost efficient measures for improvement of water status;
• provide information and public involvement in water management. Outputs and results are related to the Gauja/Koiva river basin district:
• Created joint GIS maps, shared data layers for the whole area;
• Overview of existing methods on the water quality status, typology;
• Obtained new data from additional monitoring performed to assess the quality status;
• Elaborated proposals for necessary changes to harmonise typology and quality classification;
• Revised quality objectives according to the specific quality parameters;
• Compared methodologies to estimate pressures on waters, compiled overview on pressures; • Evaluated the observed impacts and their trends;
• Obtained economic analyses for the significant uses, potential future trends and cost recovery of water services;
• Proposal for the programme of measures to improve water management;
• User friendly information products (map with basic facts, brochures, info stands, web-site) on different aspects of common river management;
• Cross-border events on the water uses and pressures and on results of the project.