Environmental protection of international river basins (EPIRB)

Project duration

2012-2016

Budget

€7.5 million
Cover of Environmental protection of international river basins (EPIRB)
Cover of Environmental protection of international river basins (EPIRB)

Brief Description

Improves water quality in the trans-boundary river basins of the wider Black Sea region and Belarus

Countries covered: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to improve water quality in the trans-boundary river basins of the wider Black Sea region and Belarus. More specifically, it aims to improve the availability and quality of data on the ecological, chemical, and hydro-morphological status of trans-boundary river basins including groundwater, as well as contributing to the development of River Basin Management Plans for selected river basins and sub-river basins, according to the requirements of the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Actions in brief

Increases capacity for Water Framework Directive (WFD)compliance monitoring:

  • Assesses current data and assessment tools availability;
  • Sets up WFD-compliant monitoring programmes;
  • Determines threshold values for classifying different waterbody types;
  • Sets up training programmes on monitoring and laboratoryQA/QC (quality assurance/quality control);
  • Increases the capacities of national authorities in the hydrobiological, chemical and hydromorphological monitoring of water quality (including groundwater).
Develops River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) for all pilotbasins:
  • Ensures that pilot basins are formally accepted;
  • Maps and characterises river basin districts;
  • Defines and classifies water bodies according to the WFDtargets;
  • Sets targets and develops programmes of measures forthose not at a good level;
  • Increases technical capacities through the developmentand implementation of RBMPs for selected rivers;
  • Helps to ensure that measures are accepted by countries.
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