Newsletter of the Environmental Protection of International River Basins project
The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project targets the improvement of water quality in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus. Issue 6 of In the Flow features an interview with I.M. Kachanovskiy, deputy minister of natural resources and environmental protection of the Republic of Belarus and head of the National Project Coordination Council. He describes how the EPIRB project is contributing to efforts to achieve goals related to water management in Belarus, such as developing river basin management plans (RBMPs), improving monitoring, and reducing water consumption. The newsletter highlights how pilot projects are supporting biological monitoring in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, and offers a case study from the Kura basin area in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia regarding the importance of estimating the ecological status of water bodies. The issue closes with an article about the public consultation process on the draft RBMPs that have been developed in each pilot basin.
The EU-funded EPIRB project is implemented with the assistance of the REC’s Water Management Topic Area, as part of a consortium led by Hulla and Co. Human Dynamics KG.