Transboundary water problems concern most of the regions covered by the The European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. Data exchange between neighboring countries regarding transboundary groundwater is slow and inconsistent.
Therefore, the Polish Geological Institute in cooperation with eight partners from Estonia, Latvia, Norway and Ukraine took the initiative to harmonize data on groundwater resources and condition on a transboundary scale under the EU-WATERRES project, funded by the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.
The leader of the project is the Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute while the Geological survey of Norway is the Expert partner as donor country.
The project focuses on two cross-border areas in the Baltic and Eastern Europe; the Latvian-Estonian border and the Polish-Ukrainian border, the second one being the eastern border of the European Union.
EU-WATERRES is the first initiative to unify the spatial hydrogeological data of the EU Member States and Ukraine. The implementation of the project covers the years 2020-2023.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- creating a geoinformatic platform for integrated data processing defining the conditions of transboundary aquifers and their numerical simulation,
- support for decision makers in creating solutions for the coordinated use and integrated protection of transboundary groundwater,
- creating the basis for coordinating procedures for monitoring of transboundary groundwater flows,
- increasing the credibility of the assessment of the state of transboundary groundwater by integrating data,
- testing solutions in 3 case studies within the EU and 1 case study in Ukraine.
Project outcomes will enhance coordination, improving the efficiency of international cooperation in the management and control of the quality and quantity of transboundary groundwater. Planned numerous educational activities are aimed at raising public awareness of the issues of transboundary impacts on groundwater.
Disclaimer: The project No.2018-1-0137 “EU-WATERRES: EU-integrated management system of cross-border groundwater resources and anthropogenic hazards” benefits from a € 2.447.761 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.