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Updating the Geo-information system for water management and reporting


Project Facts

Project objective: Increased capacity for assessing and predicting environmental status in marine and inland waters
Project promoter: Executive Environment Agency
Type of institution: National agency
Project number: BG02-0001
Target group(s): Civil servants/Public administration staff, Researchers or scientists,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 1,199,414
Final project costs: € 853,035
From EEA Grants: € 725,080
The project is carried out in: Bulgaria

Project partnership(s)

What will the partnership achieve?

Summary of project results


The Integrated management of water resources is essential for achieving economic and social welfare without influencing the sustainability of ecosystems. It is the main goal of modern society and in particular the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC. Integrated management is impossible without an information system incorporating and analyzing data from a variety of sources, providing a powerful device for decision making. The project implements the National Strategy for water sector development in Bulgaria trough the development a modular geographic information system with a service-oriented architecture which to serve all institutions responsible for water management. The developed system maintain information on all surface, groundwater, coastal and transitional water bodies, driving forces that have pressure on them and data on chemical, environmental and quantitative status, objectives and indicators, monitoring programs. The advanced information system facilitates exchange of data between national institutions relevant to water management. The system allow automatic reporting under Directive 2000/60/EU establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy, Directive 2008/56/EU establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy for the marine environment, Directive 91/271/EEC on urban waste water treatment plants and Directive 91/676/EEC on the protection of waters from pollution by nitrates from agricultural sources. It supports the establishment of programs of measures to improve the condition of water bodies and monitors their implementation. National monitoring programs and monitoring programs for basin management areas are supported.Further the GIS system maintains, visualize and analyze the spatial data for reporting to the EC. A system is accessible to the general public through the public GIS part Sustainability of the system was insured by delivered a hardware and technical equipment. The partner Norwegian water resources and energy directorate was great benefit for the implementation. Bulgarian experts were able to gain knowledge for operation of such a system in Norway The system is administered by the Executive Environment Agency but is used by Regional Inspectorates of Environment and Water, Basin Directorates, local, regional and national institutions and authorities related to water management sector. Other target groups are the non-governmental organization, researchers, students, business More than 75 experts from all stakeholders were trained in working and maintaining the GIS

Bilateral results


During the implementation of the project the Executive Environment Agency was in permanent contact with the Norwegian partner – the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). Each problem or issue was discussed, regular correspondence by e-mails, telephones and letters. There were organized several meetings in Sofia to influence the development of the GIS system. The whole process was also facilitated by the participation of an expert from the Norwegian partner in several meetings from the development of the project stages. In this way, the Bulgarian experts were able to gain knowledge by the expert who has developed and operates such a system in Norway. Of particular importance was the participation of the expert in all the project information meetings, the active participation in the discussions and his desire to cooperate with all experts and guests. In this way was built a mutual trust between the two institutions, which would be a prerequisite for future partnerships.The project gives valuable experience and contacts between the partners organizations. This will be useful since Bulgaria and Norway have to solve the same challenges given by EU regulations. The project partnership added value consists at: - Learning about the organizational and technical solutions in both partner practices and policies; - Improved work methodology by using a different approaches used in Norway and Bulgaria; - Gaining a new perspective on problems, solutions and methods lead by both partners experiences in the area; - Opportunity to develop a truly European mode of thinking by using different experts views on the same topic; - Inclusion of professional staff and in international exchanges of knowledge and know-how; - Transfer of good practices between partners; - Growing awareness and knowledge of project results and topic challenges;


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