Waterpraxis

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Rationale of the project

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The project WATERPRAXIS "From theory and plans to eco-efficient and sustainable practices to improve the status of the Baltic Sea" aims to improve the status of the Baltic Sea by assisting the implementation of river basin management plans into practice in the region. WATERPRAXIS is partly funded by the Interreg IVB Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

One of the most serious problems seen in the Baltic Sea is the eutrophication caused by nutrient loads. Although there are practical measures to restrict them, the implementation of river basin restoration measures as envisaged in the EU Water Framework Directive is still deficient. WATERPRAXIS focuses on developing water management practices, as well as on preparing water protection action plans and measures for selected pilot sites around the Baltic Sea Region. The project will be carried out in transnational cooperation among authorities and scientific partners and will lead to concrete improvements in sustainable river basin management in the region.

The main idea of WATERPRAXIS is that by better understanding the problems and constraints, long-term solutions and concrete pilot investments may be identified. The project partnership consists of research organisations, universities, local authorities and NGOs from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Russia. WATERPRAXIS is based on the Interreg IIIB project "Watersketch" (2004-2007).