Establishing and updating the River Basin Management Plans
River Basin Management plans for each river basin are established for six years and are then updated. The current valid River Basin Management plans have been drawn up for the period of 2009-2015.
Implementing the River Basin Management plans
To reach the environmental goals of protecting the areas stated in the River Basin Management plans and areas in need of protection, a programme of measures will be developed where measures of water usage and protection shall be stated to be taken into account in establishing, reviewing and amending the general and detailed zoning plans and public water supply and sewerage system development plans of local authorities. The implementation of the programme is organised by the Commission for River Basin Management. To ensure the implementation of the programme of measures, the Environmental Board will establish an action plan for the implementation of the programme of measures for each river basin.
River basins and sub-basins in Estonia
East-Estonia river basin
West-Estonia river basin
Koiva river basin
Map of river basins and sub-basins.
The river basin of East-Estonia is a cross-border river basin that is comprised of the basin of Lake Peipus and the River of Narva, partly situated on the territory of the Russian Federation. Issues related to the Estonian-Russian transboundary water management are handled by the Joint Committee for Estonian-Russian Transboundary Water Bodies.
The Koiva is a cross-border river basin that is comprised of the Koiva (Gauja in Lithuanian) river basin situated on the territories of the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Latvia. Estonia and Latvia cooperate on establishing, updating and implementing the River Basin Management plans for the cross-border Koiva river basin. The Estonian-Latvian joint project also supports the preparation of a joint River Basin Management plan and joining the River Basin Management plans of the two countries.
Establishing and updating River Basin Management plans is open to all interested parties.
To communicate and consult the plans to and with the public, the Ministry of the Environment establishes and allows access to the following:
- A time schedule and work plan for establishing a water management plan containing measures for informing, advising and consulting with the public at least three years before the beginning of the time period the water management plan is established for.
- An overview of important water management issues containing the conclusions of the analyses on descriptors of river basins, human activity burden and the economic analysis on water usage at least two years before the beginning of the period for which the water management plan is established.
- The initial evaluation of risks associated with floods and the maps of areas with the risk of flooding and risk areas associated with the risk of flooding at least two years before the beginning of the period for which the water management plan is established.
- A draft River Basin Management plan at least one year before the beginning of the period for which the water management plan is established.
The Ministry of the Environment will carry out discussions to consult and introduce the abovementioned documents and propose suggestions for and objections to the 6-month public display of documents.
County governments, local authorities, citizens located on the territory of the river basins and other interested parties will be included in process of establishing the River Basin Management plan. The Environmental Board is responsible for the inclusion of parties.