Water Issues

Working Group on Environment

Subgroup on Water Issues

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The Subrgoup on Water Issues of the BEAC Working Group on Environment coordinates and implements cooperation related to water management and monitoring. The main areas of work are improvement of drinking water quality and sustainable management and use of transboundary water resources. Due to hazardous pollutants, access to clean drinking water still remains a challenge in North-West Russia. The management of transboundary waterways in the Barents region has been developed further with several targeted projects. Transboundary cooperation on wider environmental monitoring, such as the Pasvik Monitoring Program is also supported in the subgroup work.

One of the subgroup's initiatives, Cross-border Dialogue and Multi-Use Planning in the Pasvik and Grense Jakobselv catchements, was recently approved for funding by the Kolarctic CBC programme. The project aims to identify, prioritize and coordinate future envinronmental measures regarding the management of Pasvik and Grense Jakobselv river basins. The two rivers are located in the Norwegian, Russian and Finnish border region and are exposed to pollution from industrial and economic activities. The project results in a new joint Programme of Measures for the years 2020-2030.

One of the most significant projects of the recent years under the subgroup has been the Kolarctic Salmon project, an initiative to develop the knowledge-based management of the Atlantic Salmon stocks in Northern Norway, White Sea area, North-West Russia abd Finland. The project brought together the scientists, authorities, local fishermen and commercial actors and resulted as the most comprehensive biological sample collection and genetic data set for the Atlantic salmon so far. The salmon's home river and migration patterns were identified, which led to better knowledge-base in environmental monitoring and management of mixed-stock fisheries.
Find out more from the summary report

Browse the subgroup documents

Contacts of the subgourp


Past events and projects

2011-2014: Forestry impact and water management in Torne International River Basin

2011-2012: EU water framework directive information project in Kola Peninsula

2012-2013: Water Management Initiative in Arkhangelsk and other Barents regions

2012-2014: Trilateral cooperation on Environmental Challenges in the Joint Border Area

2011-2014: Trilateral cooperation on our common resource the Atlantic salmon in the Barents region

2011-2013: Ground water supply in Sortavala district

2010: Water Management Conference




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