Project Synopsis

Brief Description of the Project:

Reinforces current actions in environmental protection and water resources management, supported by previous EU funded trans-boundary projects in the region in terms of cooperation as well as convergence towards the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), by joint development of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) in selected pilot river basins of the wider Black Sea region.

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.

The specific objectives of this contract are:

  • to improve availability and quality of data on the ecological, chemical, and hydro-morphological status of trans-boundary river basins including groundwater,
  • to develop River Basin Management Plans for selected river basins/sub-river basins according to the requirements of the WFD.

Results to be achieved by the Consultant:

The main results required to attain the Project objectives are:

1. Increased capacities of the respective national authorities for hydro-biological, chemical and hydro-morphological monitoring of water quality including groundwater; quality assurance procedures in laboratories in place.

2. Increased technical capacities by means of development and implementation of River Basin Management Plans for selected rivers.

Actions in brief/Milestones:

Result 1 - Increased capacity for WFD compliant monitoring:

  • Assessment of current data and assessment tools availability by June 2012.
  • WFD-compliant monitoring programmes by December 2013.
  • Determination of threshold values for classifying different water body types, by June 2013.
  • Training programmes on monitoring and laboratory QA/QC in the second half of 2013.

Result 2 - RBMPs are developed for all pilot basins:

  • Pilot basins are formally accepted by July 2012;
  • River Basin Districts are mapped and characterised by July 2013;
  • Water bodies are defined and classified according to the WFD targets, mid-2013 to mid-2014;
  • Targets are set and Programmes of Measures are developed for those not in a Good state by end of 2014. Measures are accepted by countries.

Key Beneficiaries:

Armenia: Ministry of Nature Protection

Azerbaijan: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

Belarus: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

Georgia: Ministry of Environment Protection

Moldova: Ministry of Environment

Ukraine: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

Planned activities and Timeframe for implementation:

Activity 1. Improvement of hydrobiological, chemical and hydromorphological monitoring and assessment of surface water bodies, including groundwater  
Activity 1.1
Review national monitoring systems and tools for assessing data obtained from monitoring activities
Task 1.1.1: Summarise ongoing and completed support to the implementation of WFD-compliant monitoring procedures Feb-Jul 2012
Task 1.1.2: Assess the current monitoring activities in the beneficiary countries Feb-Jul 2012
Task 1.1.3: Conduct a legal and institutional gap analysis with respect to the WFD Feb-Jul 2012
Task 1.1.4: Design and establish a project website Feb-Jul 2012
Activity 1.2
Support the implementation of countries’ obligations under the Danube and Water Conventions
Task 1.2.1: An analysis and report on the Ukraine’s and Moldova’s obligations under the ICPDR convention Sep 2012–Sep 2013
Task 1.2.2: An analysis and report on the Beneficiaries' obligations under the UNECE Water Sep 2012–Sep 2013
Activity 1.3
Develop WFD-compliant monitoring programmes, including hydrobiological and hydromorphological elements and groundwater
Task 1.3.1: WFD-compliant monitoring programmes designed for the pilot basins Sep 2012–Sep 2013
Task 1.3.2: Training courses in WFD-compliant monitoring prepared and presented Jun 2013–2014
Task 1.3.3: Country specific ongoing monitoring programmes are designed Jun 2013–2014
Activity 1.4
Assist in the development of WFD-compliant tools for assessing data obtained from monitoring activities (ecological, chemical, hydromorphological classifications)
Task 1.4.1: Determine threshold values and Ecological Quality Ratios for determining water body status for each type of water body, including reference conditions Jun 2013-2014 
Task 1.4.2: Draft guidelines on assessing the status of each water body Jun 2013-2014
Task 1.4.3: Prepare a web-based database system Jun 2013-2014
Activity 1.5
Support the analytical quality control and quality assurance procedures
Task 1.5.1: QA/QC procedures assessed and improved Sep 2012–Dec 2013
Task 1.5.2: Training courses on QA/QC procedures designed and held Sep 2012–Dec 2014
Activity 1.6
Assess the needs regarding laboratory infrastructure, equipment and training
Task 1.6.1: Assessment and optimisation of laboratory analytical capacity Sep 2012–Dec 2013
Task 1.6.2: Assessments of the capacity building needs of the physiochemical monitoring programme

Sep 2012–Dec 2014

Activity 2.

Development of joint River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) for selected river basins

Activity 2.1
River Basin Analyses are undertaken
Task 2.1.1: Selection and confirmation of the pilot basins Feb–Jul 2012
Task 2.1.2: River Basin Analyses for the selected pilot basins Oct 2012–Apr 20
Activity 2.2
Water body identification and typology
Task 2.2.1: Determination of River Basin Districts Feb–Jul 2013
Task 2.2.2: Preliminary identification of water bodies Feb–Jul 2013
Task 2.2.3: Typology of water bodies Feb–Jul 2013
Task 2.2.4: Final identification of water bodies Feb–Jul 2013
Task 2.2.5: GIS mapping of water bodies Feb–Jul 201
Activity 2.3
Analysis of baseline situation
Task 2.3.1: Preliminary classification of water bodies based on available data Feb–Aug 2013
Task 2.3.2: Identification of gaps in data availability Feb–Jul 2013
Activity 2.4
Joint field surveys to cover the gaps
Task 2.4.1: Survey design manuals for a joint field survey for each basin/sub-basin Mar–Aug 2013
Task 2.4.2: Joint field surveys are conducted Mar–Aug 2013
Task 2.4.3: Water body classifications updated Mar–Aug 2013
Activity 2.5
Development of national and basin-wide Programmes of Measures
Task 2.5.1: Pressures and threats identified 2014
Task 2.5.2: Programmes of Measures prepared 2014
Activity 2.6
Implementation of selected measures from the programme for pilot projects
Task 2.6.1: Selection of Measures 2015
Task 2.6.2: Implementation of selected measures 2015
Activity 2.7
Public involvement and awareness raising activities
Task 2.7.1: Develop a communication strategy for each basin Apr–Jul 2013
Task 2.7.2: Awareness building activities are undertaken throughout the project Dec 2012–Dec 2015