Inland Waters

Guidelines for Developing National Strategies to Use Air and Water Quality Monitoring as Environmental Policy Tools

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 harmonized.

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 ENG FRE RUS .

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:

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 ENG on the activity.