||Inland Waters in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
There is a general lack of environmental monitoring and comparable data and information on water quality and
quantity in many countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (across rivers, lakes, groundwater and coastal waters).
National surface-water monitoring systems are not coherent, as neither the data reporting systems nor the methodologies are
The Working Group, at its first session in 2001, discussed and supported a proposal by the European Topic Centre on
Water for the assessment of information and monitoring systems for inland waters in countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and
Central Asia (EECCA) and the preparation of recommendations to Governments of these countries for improving these systems
As a follow up and with the support of EU/Tacis funds, a project on the in-depth study of the monitoring situation in the
areas of inland surface water in EECCA has been launched under the leadership of the European Topic Centre on Water. Its goals are to:
- To enhance co-operation between existing environmental networks in EECCA
- Review the inland surface water monitoring activities in EECCA
- Make an inventory of existing water databases
- Make a comparison of existing monitoring networks with EUROWATERNET criteria
- Make a selection of basic stations for a EUROWATERNET in EECCA.
See progress report on the activity.
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