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Integrated marine and inland water management

EEA Grants

Lithuania (LT02)

Key Facts

  • Good environmental status in European marine and inland waters
  • Improved compliance with environmental legislation
Programme operator:
Ministry of Environment
Donor programme partner:
Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA),
Programme number:
Date of approval:
12 April 2013
In implementation
Total grants amount:
€ 4,674,048.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 4,674,048.00
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 Lithuania 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?
The aim of the programme is to assist Lithuania in achieving good environmental status in its marine and inland waters. This is in line with Lithuania’s obligations deriving from the EU Water Framework Directive, and other water and marine related legislation. This forms an integral part of a wider effort towards the protection of Lithuanian inland waters and the Baltic Sea. This is a challenge that needs to be addressed, both from an environmental point of view and considering the economic and social benefits resulting from the resources that these ecosystems provide. Whether it is clean drinking water, aquaculture or fishing, achieving and maintaining a good environmental status is essential. It will ensure the sustainability of these ecosystems, and with it the economic and social benefits they provide.

What will the programme achieve and who are the beneficiaries?
Alongside main water related problems such as pollution by organic, biogenic and hazardous substances, several other cross-cutting issues need to be addressed in Lithuania. This includes the lack of appropriate measures for monitoring, the lack of assessment methods, classification systems and inventories. The overall goal of the programme is to address this, and thereby create better conditions in Lithuania for achieving good environmental status of inland and marine waters. This will provide the information needed for the decision making process, and is essential for improved water quality in Lithuanian inland waters.

How will it be achieved?
The programme is mainly focused on inland water related activities, including:

- Inventories on hazardous substances emissions, discharges and losses into Lithuanian water bodies;
- Assessment of hazardous substances in Lithuanian water bodies;
- Inland water monitoring program.
- Investigation and assessment of nutrients in the Curonian lagoon sediments, and its impact on water quality;
- Assessments on the long-range trans-boundary air pollution and its effects on water bodies;
- Collection and assessment of the impact of farming on water bodies;
- System for analysis, research and treatment of ballast waters;
- Methodology for assessments of damage done by hydropower plants;
- Study on the status of the water of the Klaipėda seaport.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management is involved in the implementation of the programme. This will further strengthen the co-operation between the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment, the Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency and the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management.

What are the partnership opportunities?
The programme is implemented through two pre-defined projects. The implementation of the projects will include a number of open tenders, and it is through the open tenders that partnerships between Lithuanian and Donor State entities can be formed.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
The programme does not include a call for project proposals since its implementation will take place through two pre-defined projects.