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GrandeRio project

Joint management measures for waters in the Lielupe river basin region
(Project acronym - GrandeRio)

Overall objective of project: to improve environmental status in the Lielupe river basin by implementing joint measures targeted to management of water resources in the border region.

Duration: January 2011-November 2012

Project financed by Latvia-Lithuania cross border cooperation programme (2007-2013), project nr. LLIII-157

Partnership is based on identified common problems to be dealt by municipalities. Municipalities: Bauska, Dobele, Rundale and Pakruojis play key role in the project. However, due to lack of environmental knowledge and need to take environmental awareness actions, Biržai Regional Park and Baltic Environmental Forum are involved to ensure achievement of objectives. Zemgale Planning Region is a coordinator and development visionary.

 

Main activities:

  • on public water services: Study on the existing solutions and practices on the rain water, drinking and sewage water in rural settlements; cross-border seminar on the existing practices on the water management solutions; criteria & technologies for investment envisaged for rural areas; planning and designing of improvements in water systems in the region;
  • on environmental awareness: inventory on the river water quality by boating, sampling and express tests; local meetings and campaigning with individual house/land owners to encourage undertaking the improvement measures; disseminating environmental information via web-site, calendar, maps; summer schools and informative events on water management; recommendations for amendments in river basin management plans;
  • on use of water & nature resources: cleaned river/lake banks; set up local recreation sites including such elements as river piers, tables, garbage bins, toilets, workshop on "Practical steps for clean-up" actions.

Project target groups: inhabitants in Bauska, Dobele, Rundale, Biržai and Pakruojis municipalities; schoolchildren and students in the summer schools and informative events; Ministry of Environment/River Basin Management Authority in Latvia and Lithuania; NGOs representatives which are active in river basin management.