Water and water management


Accommodating of land-sea interactions into maritime and coastal planning in the Baltic Sea Region through blue-green infrastructure and ecosystem services (LAND-SEA-ACT)

Natural Flood Retention on Private Land (LAND4FLOOD)

Protecting the ocean:our collective responsibility, our common interest. Supporting the development of cost-effective ocean literacy in Europe (ResponSeable)

Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystem services in a changing climate (MIRACLE)

Natural Water Retention Measures

Multi-level Governance in Maritime Spatial Planning throughout the Baltic Sea Region (PartiSEApate)

Strengthening NGO cooperation for better water management

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

Joint management measures for waters in the Lielupe river basin border region (GrandeRio)

Water quality improvement measures within cross-border Lielupe river basin management

How to achieve sustainable water ecosystems management connecting research, people and policy makers in Europe (AWARE)

Development of Maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea (BaltSeaPlan)

Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighboring States (SCENES)

Cross-border cooperation on integrated nature and water resource management between Bauska and Biržai districts (INAWARE)

Transnational River Basin Districts on the Eastern Side of the Baltic Sea Network (TRABANT)

Stakeholders’ awareness raising on hazardous substances in the transboundary river basin Lielupe

Involvement of NGOs in water management


Kristīna Veidemane

Environmental expert/ project manager
Marine and freshwater policy; landscape and spatial planning; SEA; stakeholder participation in policy development; ecosystem services

Tel. 00371 6735 7551

Since the adoption of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in 2000, water management issues have been given an increasing attention at the BEF. The implementation schedule of the WFD has had a strong influence on the BEF programme. Additionally, the fact that the Baltic States are defined by the directive as one eco-region and that they share river basins has been the driving force behind co-operation and information exchange among the countries. Consequently, many expert groups have been established to cover issues such as characterization and classification of rivers and lakes, intercalibration sites for EU network, economic analyses of water resources, assignment of International River Basin Districts and monitoring of water quality. As most of the rivers in the Baltics are transboundary, the assignment of the River Basin Districts is a complicated task. This means that the countries have to ensure full effort co-ordination throughout the whole basin and produce co-ordinated programmes of measures and management plans. Several meetings to facilitate this co-operation between Estonia and Latvia as well as Latvia and Lithuania have been conducted. They resulted in bilateral agreements on co-operation on transboundary rivers between those countries. The three environmental ministers signed corresponding agreements in October 2003. The BEF has assisted in arranging and facilitating the first working group meetings held in the frame of the bilateral agreements.