Joint interregional dissemination event - REFRESH and LakeAdmin, Estonia

"Lake management needs a professional approach and detailed planning"

Estonian University of Life Sciences organized an interregional dissemination event on lake management in Tallinn, October 11th, 2013. This was a joint seminar featuring presenters from REFRESH and the LakeAdmin (Regional administration of lake restoration initiatives) projects.  

Results from both projects were presented to stakeholders involved in lake management in Estonia including the water department of the Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Agency, environmental consultancy enterprises, fishery managers, universities and the public. Among the 36 participants, were three guests from Latvia and speakers from Finland and UK attended the seminar.

Estonia Meeting, October 11th 2013The key objectives of REFRESH were highlighted, in particular the development of a framework that will enable water managers to design cost-effective restoration programmes for freshwater ecosystems. This will account for the expected future impacts of climate change and land-use. The project’s outcome is useful for updating the River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs). The project co-ordinator, Martin Kernan, and Peeter Nõges from the Estonian University of Life Sciences presented key REFRESH outcomes and introduced the main deliverables and publications.

LakeAdmin, supported by the Interreg IVC Programme of the European Regional Development Fund, is focused on improving the goal-setting and quality of lake restoration. It seeks to enhance the effectiveness of regional development policies related to water management, especially in with regard to lake, pond and reservoir restoration and management.

Irja Truumaa from Estonian Ministry of the Environment highlighted the kind of outputs that were most useful for managing authorities. She commended the guiding materials and recommendations from both projects to with regard to consideration of the influences of climate change in the revision of RBMPs.

From a stakeholder perspective, Peeter Ennet from Estonian Environmental Board, made specific suggestions to test and develop good practice from Finland for use in Estonia, for example, the water quality models for estimating the need to reduce external loading and the role of internal loading. He emphasized the need to creating a catalogue of measures attached to RBMPs together with an expert tool to evaluate the efficiency of the applied measures, and the web-based auxiliary materials for planning the measures.

The presentations from the seminar are available at