The transboundary Gauja-Koiva river basin has a joint water cycle, including its subterranean part - the groundwater. In this project the issues related to the Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) will be considered.
The project is focused on developing common understanding and joint methodology for the GDE identification and assessment.
The objective of the project is to enhance sustainable management of common groundwater resources and associated ecosystems in the transboundary Gauja-Koiva river basin through the development of a joint methodology for GDE indetification and assessment, its implementation and verification in pilot areas in close cooperation between Estonian and Latvian authorities and research institutions; and increase of public awareness of groundwater and associated nature protection.
Main activities of the project:
The existing Estonian methodology for GDE identification and assessment will be implemented and verified in pilot areas in close cooperation between Estonian and Latvian authorities and research institutions. The GDEs will be identified in the Gauja-Koiva rives basin based on the use fo unified methodology, national monitoring programs will be jointly elaborated and outreach activities for disseminating of the project results in the society will be carried out in both Estonia and Latvia.
1) Information exchange, data collection and mobilisation;
2) Development of a joint methodology and conceptual models;
3) Recommendations and dissemination of project results.