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EU-WATERRES "EU-integrated management system of cross-border groundwater resources and anthropogenic hazards"

Goal: The aim of the project is to promote coordinated management and integrated protection of transboundary groundwater by creating a geoinformation platform (an integrated GIS modelling environment for the creation of digital hydrogeological maps and simulations of the quantity and quality of transboundary groundwater). As a part of the project, two cross-border clusters will be created, representing two geographical regions: Baltic and Eastern Europe.

The project No.2018-1-0137 benefits from a € 2.447.761 grant Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

Duration: 1 September 2020 - 31 Dec 2023

Project homepage: [under development]

Partnerships:
(1) Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute (lead partner)
(2) State Enterprise "Ukrainian Geological Company"
(3) Geological Survey of Estonia
(4) DC of NJSC "NADRA UKRAJYNY" "Zahidukrgeologiya" (UA)
(5) Intergraph Polska Sp. z o.o. (PL)
(6) University of Latvia, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences
(7) The Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Combustible Minerals of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
(8) Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre
(9) Geological Survey of Norway

Methods: Water Chemistry, Stakeholder Engagement, Environmental Risk Assessment, Stakeholder Analysis, Water Framework Directive, Conceptual Modeling

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Inga Retike
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Our project team participated in the International Shared Aquifer Resources Management - ISARM 2021 Conference from 6-8 December 2021. The collection of selected papers in a book is an outcome of 152 presented talks over 4 days in 18 virtual sessions.
Our articles about transboundary groundwater management between Poland-Ukraine and Estonia- Latvia can be accessed here:
(1) Poland-Ukraine (https://tinyurl.com/yda2ccub)
(2) Estonia-Latvia (https://tinyurl.com/bdzkab22)
The articles in the book cover almost all the key aspects – legal, socio-political, hydro-diplomatic, and hydrogeological, while at the same time drawing examples from all continents and most of the climatic types. Access all articles here: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000383775/PDF/383775eng.pdf.multi
 
Inga Retike
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Both Estonia and Latvia are Member States of the European Union (EU) since 2004, thus are required to ensure joint assessment of transboundary groundwater resources and implement the so-called EU Water policies. The conceptual model was developed for cross-border area (~9500 km 2) between Estonia and Latvia based on exchanged information about groundwater composition, geological and hydrogeological conditions (obtained from regional 3D hydrogeological model PUMA), and dominant pressures (mainly water consumption and land use). The borders of the transboundary area were set based on the surface watersheds as this study concentrates on the active water exchange zone that contains freshwater and is being used for water abstraction in this area. Semi analytical groundwater flow estimation method was developed to identify borderline areas where significant groundwater flow from one to another country occurs. Main characteristics of groundwater quality was identified based on the results obtained from Multivariate Statistics (PCA and HCA). Study area is in the NorthEast of Europe, on the coast of the Baltic Sea where sedimentary aquifers (mainly sandstones) contain large freshwater resources and supply drinking water. The total thickness of sedimentary aquifers in the study area is up to 135-352 m and they contain fresh Ca-Mg-HCO 3 groundwater with total dissolved solids (TDS) less than 0.5 g/l. The land cover in the cross-border area is dominated by forests (63%) and followed by agricultural lands (32%) and wetlands (3%). The area is sparsely populated (~30 inhabitants per km 2) and the water consumption can be rated as moderate (on average ~7000 m 3 /day) and stable as no significant trends for the past 10 years were identified. This study presents the workflow used for identification and assessment of transboundary aquifers between Estonia and Latvia. We propose certain approaches on how to delineate and justify transboundary aquifers, classify dominant water types, and identify major pressures on the area. This study is a prerequisite for further development of transboundary groundwater monitoring programs that are necessary to gather new data and update the status of shared groundwater on a regular basis according to EU Water policies.
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Groundwater protection is often neglected if compared to surface waters. Especially complex is the management of transboundary aquifers. Our project partners Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and The Norwegian Energy Regulatory Authority (NVE) analyse the national groundwater management systems in Norway and Sweden and give recommendations for authorities and policy-makers on how they could improve the long-term management and ensure transparent decision-making of transboundary groundwater management.
Take a look and find out more in the latest article by Belinda Flem / Lars Stalsberg / Anna M. Seither
 
Krišjānis Valters
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The aim of this report was to develop the principles of designing the Polish-Ukrainian and Estonian-Latvian transboundary groundwater monitoring network in relation to the needs of assessing their quantitative and chemical status. The recommendations were developed taking into account the potential of the existing national networks and the requirement of EU law. This report is the implementation of the first stage of creating the internationally integrated monitoring of transboundary groundwater reservoirs. The development of a joint program for monitoring the state of transboundary aquifers, which is also the task of the EU-WATERRES project. The developed guidelines of the organization of the transboundary groundwater monitoring network are aimed at helping the national authorities responsible for monitoring groundwater in implementing the issue of transboundary monitoring. In addition, the key target group are the institutions responsible for the management of transboundary groundwater reservoirs at the national and international level and the organizations responsible for the environmental issues in terms of transboundary impacts.
Krišjānis Valters
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The aim of the document is to create a conceptual understanding of the hydrogeological processes and flow dynamics across the national borders in two different pilot territories - Polish-Ukrainian and Latvian-Estonian border area. Within the framework of this report, assessment of transboundary groundwater resources, as well as the determination of groundwater flow volumes across the state borders has been carried out. The report has been developed by seven project partners: Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute, Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, University of Latvia, State Enterprise "Ukrainian Geological Company", Geological Survey of Estonia, The Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Combustible Minerals of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and DC of NJSC "NADRA UKRAJYNY" "Zahidukrgeologiya".
Inga Retike
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The aim of the project is to promote coordinated management and integrated protection of transboundary groundwater by creating a geoinformation platform (an integrated GIS modelling environment for the creation of digital hydrogeological maps and simulations of the quantity and quality of transboundary groundwater). As a part of the project, two cross-border clusters will be created, representing two geographical regions: Baltic and Eastern Europe.
The project No.2018-1-0137 benefits from a € 2.447.761 grant Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.
Duration: 1 September 2020 - 31 Dec 2023
Project homepage: [under development]
Partnerships:
(1) Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute (lead partner)
(2) State Enterprise "Ukrainian Geological Company"
(3) Geological Survey of Estonia
(4) DC of NJSC "NADRA UKRAJYNY" "Zahidukrgeologiya" (UA)
(5) Intergraph Polska Sp. z o.o. (PL)
(6) University of Latvia, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences
(7) The Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Combustible Minerals of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
(8) Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre
(9) Geological Survey of Norway