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Integrated marine and inland water management

EEA Grants

Estonia (EE02)

Key Facts

  • Good environmental status in European marine and inland waters
  • Improved compliance with environmental legislation
  • Reduced human and ecosystem vulnerability to climate change
Programme operator:
Ministry of the Environment
Donor programme partner:
Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA),
Programme number:
Date of approval:
22 December 2012
In implementation
Total grants amount:
€ 6,900,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 6,900,000.00
From Norway Grants:
The projects may be implemented until 2016/2017

Calls for proposals

There are no further calls for proposals.

More information

Programme website Overview of projects Programme Agreement EEA Grants Estonia country page

Programme Agreements, including annexes, are published on the website as signed. Any subsequent amendments are not reflected.


Programme Summary


Why is the programme needed?
For Estonia, improving the current status of its marine and inland waters is a priority. Around 74% of Estonian rivers, 50% of lakes, and only two coastal water areas out of 16 can be defined as having good environmental status. The aim of the programme is to assist Estonia in achieving good environmental status in its marine and inland waters. This is in line with Estonia’s obligations deriving from EU marine and inland water legislation, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) Baltic Sea Action Plan 2021.

What will the programme achieve?

The programme will establish environmental targets and measures that are needed for achieving good environmental status in the Baltic Sea and in Estonian inland waters. This forms an integral part of a wider effort towards the protection of the Baltic Sea. It will contribute towards the protection and maintenance of the resources that these ecosystems provide, and the economic and social benefits deriving from them.

How will it be achieved?

The programme will be focused on marine and inland water related activities, including:
- Studies to establish conservation targets, to promote the restoration of habitats and analyse the impacts of climate change;
- Development of a data-modelling system and a decision support tool for integrated marine and inland water management;
- Improved environmental information in relation to marine and inland waters;
- Development of a strategy and measures for adaptation to climate change.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?

The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (KLIF) is the donor programme partner (DPP). KLIF has been actively involved during the programme preparation phase and its involvement will continue during the implementation of the programme. This will further strengthen the co-operation between KLIF and the programme operator, the Estonian Ministry of Environment. Bilateral relations will also be strengthened through partnership with donor entities in pre-defined projects and open call projects.

What are the partnership opportunities?

The Ministry of Environment manages the programme on behalf of the Estonian authorities and therefore plays a key role in facilitating networking and cooperation between Estonian and Donor state entities. KLIF also plays a key role in facilitating bilateral cooperation, and will be assisting the Ministry on this matter, as well as acting as a contact point for donor entities, public and private, wishing to operate in Estonia and participate as partners in projects funded through the programme. To promote bilateral project partnerships, the ministry and KLIF will organise a Partner Day event.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?

Entities registered in Estonia are eligible to apply as project applicants. The main target group includes state institutes, public authorities, municipalities, research institutes, universities, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Project support will be in the range of €170 000 – €1 000 000.