Water and water management
Environmental expert/ project manager
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.