EU-WATERRES achievements and plans for the final year!

From left: Researchers Belinda Flem (NGU) Lars Stalsberg (NVE), Senior Scientist Marco Baglioni and Scientist Derick Johnson from Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

What’s new from the EU-WATERRES team? The project implements new activity to improve transboundary groundwater management between Norway and Sweden. We had a 2-day event in Riga that was attended by almost 80 participants. And we have many plans for the last implementation year including dissemination events in Latvia, Norway, and even South Africa and the USA.

As a contribution to improve transborder cooperation between Norway and Sweden regarding groundwater and to ease the management, the EU-WATERRES project team has decided to study the “Scottish hydrological model” and offer recommendations to the authorities on how to improve the management of the country’s aquifers. Scotland which has similar quaternary geology to Norway and Sweden.

In June EU-WATERRES project had two days long event on the protection of transboundary groundwater against pollution and depletion. The event was organized by the project’s scientific partner the University of Latvia in Riga and gathered a total of 72 participants from 6 countries (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine) representing 19 different institutions. 

On day 1 project visited the largest landfill in the Baltics – Getliņi EKO. Then had a workshop on microplastic surveys on the beach sand and coastline waters. Finally, we visited sulfuric pounds that are unique not only in the Baltics but the whole Europe level.

EU-WATERRES team and key stakeholders.

On day 2we had keynotes on the following topics: the digital transformation of the contaminated site management model of Latvia; an introduction to the Circular Economy, CBWM project activities and key learnings in its course; in in-depth presentation on studies of microplastics in Latvia; the international cooperation in glacier studies and insights on importance of groundwater in Norway, a country dominated by surface water. The day was followed with the dissemination of EU-WATERRES project results and a wrap-up of all talks can be found here:
Visit to Getliņi EKO greenhouses.


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