On 1 November, a consultation took place in Minsk to discuss the draft river management plan for the Pripyat river basin. Read about the first conclusions and future steps towards this key document below.
Consultation on the draft Pripyat River Basin Management Plan. ©OIEau
Consultation as part of the EUWI+ project
The draft plan was developed by specialists from the Central Research Institute for the Complex Use of Water Resources (CRICUWR) as part of European Union Water Initiative Plus for Eastern Partnership Countries "(EUWI+).
Discussions on the draft plan were attended by representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus and its territorial bodies, NGOs (Asdemo and Bagna), CRICUWR, the Institute of Geology branch of the Scientific and Production Center for Geology, and a representative of the International Office for water (France).
Focus on wetlands, ecosystem services and anti-pollution measures
Specialists from CRICUWR and the Scientific and Production Centre for Geology, which is a state body, presented the identification results of surface and underground water bodies in the Pripyat river basin. They also pointed out the main environmental problems in the basin and proposed measures aimed at improving the ecological condition of surface water bodies, with details of the timing and expected indicators of their implementation.
The discussions raised issues and suggestions to improve the plan’s mapping information of the radioactive element strontium-90, update the list of wetland complexes, and improve information on ecosystem services. Another recommendation was to add measures, including proposals to assess the impact of the deposit of potash and rock salt on surface and ground water bodies in Petrikov.
Leave your comments on the CRICUWR website by 1 December 2019
The draft plan is available for consultation on the CRICUWR website at the following link http://www.cricuwr.by/plan_pr/
Comments and suggestions on the draft plan should be submitted to CRICUWR by 1 December 2019.
Once the draft has been finalised taking the comments into account, it will be submitted to the Pripyat basin Council for approval.