Water management conflicts surveyed in a large EU project

Conflicts between various directives and other legal acts have been analyzed in a major development project within the EU Baltic Sea programme, with participants from Finland, German, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania. As a result, the directives, practices and goals that affect the state of river basins and water bodies have been collected into one and the same planning system. The central issues in water man-agement were studied by means of case analyses in various parts of Europe. The costs of the Watersketch project amounted to 1,5 million euro. The project was co-ordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute and its results will be presented at a concluding symposium at Arktikum in Rovaniemi on 14-15 May.

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What Watersketch is all about

Rivers and lakes have numerous different functions such as traffic routes, electricity suppliers, habitat for animals and recreation areas for people. Both economically and socially, rivers are of great importance.

The Watersketch partners want to develop strategies for sustatinable river basin management in order to do justice to different economic, ecological and social functions. Case studies in the partner countries will cover the most relevant challenges.

The results of Watersketch will support decision-making of spatial planners. A final web-based toolbox will make the results available to others. Project time is July 2004 - June 2007.

The project is part-financed by the European Union within the

Interreg III B BSR programme.

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