Water and water management

Projects

Protecting the ocean:our collective responsibility, our common interest. Supporting the development of cost-effective ocean literacy in Europe (ResponSeable)
04/2015-04/2019

Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystem services in a changing climate (MIRACLE)
04/2015-03/2018

Natural Water Retention Measures
09/2013-10/2014

Multi-level Governance in Maritime Spatial Planning throughout the Baltic Sea Region (PartiSEApate)
09/2012-09/2014

Strengthening NGO cooperation for better water management
08/2011-05/2012

Towards joint management of the transboundary Gauja/Koiva river basin district (Gauja/Koiva)
07/2011-12/2013

Joint management measures for waters in the Lielupe river basin border region (GrandeRio)
01/2011-09/2012

Water quality improvement measures within cross-border Lielupe river basin management
09/2009-12/2010

How to achieve sustainable water ecosystems management connecting research, people and policy makers in Europe (AWARE)
06/2009-12/2011

Development of Maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea (BaltSeaPlan)
01/2009-01/2012

Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighboring States (SCENES)
11/2006-04/2011

Cross-border cooperation on integrated nature and water resource management between Bauska and Biržai districts (INAWARE)
03/2006-12/2007

Transnational River Basin Districts on the Eastern Side of the Baltic Sea Network (TRABANT)
07/2005-12/2007

Stakeholders’ awareness raising on hazardous substances in the transboundary river basin Lielupe
02/2005-12/2005

Involvement of NGOs in water management
10/2004-07/2005

 

Kristīna Veidemane

Environmental expert/ project manager
kristina.veidemane[at]bef[dot]lv 
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.