Environmental Monitoring: Strengthening aquatic environment monitoring in Lithuania
Danish experts from the National Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus County and Vejle County have recently visited Lithuania to draw up proposals for optimization of an aquatic environment monitoring and assessment programme.
Lithuania has long been conducting comprehensive monitoring of the aquatic environment. However, the findings have not been utilized administratively. The Danish experts therefore proposed a more targeted monitoring programme that complies with EU requirements and can be employed to prioritize efforts to clean up the aquatic environment.
Among other things, the proposals made by the Danish experts entail monitoring of a greater number of lakes and watercourses, but restricting sampling and analysis to the parameters needed to clarify the pollution problem in question.
The Danish experts recommend that greater importance should be accorded to measurements in small and medium-size watercourses. The Danes also proposed restricting the measurement of hazardous substances to a few measurement stations, including those locations where such pollutants are likely to be detected. At the same time, they recommend better coordination of the monitoring in the various water bodies and more integrated assessment of the results.
The total number of measurements will remain at the present level, but will be distributed among a greater number of stations with greater emphasis on biological conditions and quantification of pollution sources.
The project is a so-called "twinning project" financed by the EU PHARE Programme and is expected to be completed in summer 2002. Other components of the project are air pollution and laboratory analyses. The project is coordinated by the German Ministry of the Environment.
Further information: Jens Møller Andersen, National Environment Research Institute. Phone: +45 8920 1741. E-mail: email@example.com
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