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International Seminar on Monitoring and Assessment of Transboundary Waters

16 - 17 June 2008


The seminar on monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters in the UNECE region took place on 16–17 (a.m.) June 2008 in Geneva back-to-back with the ninth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment held on 17 (p.m.)-18 June 2008.

The Seminar was an important occasion for: (a) exchanging experience among EU countries with the implementation of monitoring programmes according to the EU Water Framework Directive; (b) sharing applicable lessons learned with non-EU countries; and (c) learning about experience, good practices and challenges in non-EU countries. The event also contributed to the identification of priority areas of future work for the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment.

The seminar was intended for transboundary water managers, representatives of established joint bodies, and experts with a role in monitoring and assessment of transboundary waters from governmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector – from the whole UNECE region.

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List of participants

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UNECE Strategies for Monitoring and the first Assessment of Transboundary Waters in UNECE region

Ms. Lea Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute

Monitoring and assessment according to the EU WFD and implications for transboundary waters

Mr. Per Stålnacke, Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk), Norway

Challenges and opportunities to transfer EU experience to SEE and EECCa

Mr. John Chilton, British Geological Survey, United Kingdom.

Monitoring and assessment of hazardous substances in surface water bodies

Mr. Peter Roncak, Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Slovakia.

Monitoring and assessing transboundary basins in accordance with the EU WFD: the case of the Meuse River Basin

Mr. Jean-Pierre Descy, Chairman of the Monitoring Working Group of the International Commission for the Protection of the Meuse, University of Namur

Georgia and EU Water Framework Directive: challenges and opportunities

Ms Nino Sharashidze, Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia

Problems of drainage water monitoring in Central Asia

Mr. Yusup Kamalov, Union for Defence of the Aral Sea and the Amudarya, Uzbekistan

Surface water bodies monitoring and assessment in Poland

Mr. Przemyslaw Gruszecki, Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Inspection, Poland

Monitoring changes in hydrological regime and water quality due to impact of tailing dams facilities

Mr. Seyran Minosyan, Ministry of Nature Protection, Armenia

Lessons learnt using automatic monitoring stations in Moldova

Mr. Gilca, State Hydrometeorological Service, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova

Belarus experience with working groups on monitoring and assessment established under its transboundary waters agreements

Ms. Natalya Siridovich, Ministry of natural resources and environmental protection, Belarus.

Monitoring and assessment of waters shared by EU and non-EU countries: lessons-learned from the Trabant project and from the ecological assessment of the Vuoksi River

Ms. Pilke, Finnish Environment Institute

Monitoring transboundary waters in the Russian Federation: current situation and proposals for improvement, the example of the Dniepr River Basin

Ms. Ksenia Kalugina, Ved Ltd, Russian Federation.

Monitoring and assessment of Hungarian-Slovakian transboundary groundwater bodies

Mr. Juraj Michalko, State Geological Institute of Dionyz Stur, Slovakia

Main results and lessons learned from the Joint Danube Survey 2

Mr. Igor Liska, Secretariat of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River.