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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Interreg IVC programme funds a good assessment practice project concerning lake restoration

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News Protecting water resources is a real concern for the European Union, as shown in the project LAKEADMIN (“Regional Directors of lake restoration initiatives”). Funded under the Interreg IVC program of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the objective is to achieve an assessment of best practices across Europe concerning the lake restoration.

While officials and business actors have been effective in reducing nutrient loading from municipalities and industries, a number of European lakes continue to suffer.
 

For the most part, the issues affect densely populated areas where local and regional significance of lakes is great. The LAKEADMIN partners say better lakes could help boost the economical value of ecosystem services provided by lakes. They add that the optimal water management practices are collected in a lake restoration database. The European Water Policy targets a good state in all watercourses within the next three years. It should be noted, however, that because obstacles are expected, the timeline has been extended to 2027 at a number of watercourses.

One of the most important aspects of improving the state of lakes is that Europeans share their knowledge of lake restoration as well as their experiences. For the LAKEADMIN project, more experienced lake restoration experts, namely those from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary and Finland, are working together with less experienced ones to achieve the results they anticipate. Together, they will evaluate experiences from all partner countries in more detail and develop mechanisms to fuel the transfer of both knowledge and experience.

Led by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the LAKEADMIN team brings together researchers from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Malta and Finland.

The project's kick-off seminar, 'Lake management in regional policies: good practices and need for knowledge', will take place on 3 and 4 May. The Finnish capital city of Helsinki is hosting the event, which is organised by SYKE.

Source :  CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service)


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