Strengthening the Water Monitoring Capacities in Ukraine
Under Result 2 of the European Union Water Initiative Plus (EUWI+) project, the Environment Agency Austria is supporting various aspects of the water monitoring capacities in Ukraine, which will eventually contribute to a higher protection of human and ecosystem health.
Direct and indirect beneficiaries under the supervision of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR) are the State Agency on Water Resources (SAWR), the Interregional Office of Protective Arrays of Dnipro Reservoirs, the Ukrainian Geological Company, CGO named after Borys Sreznevskyi, UKrSCS, Hydromet as well as SGSU, GeoInform, UKRSGRI and the Ukrainian Geological Company.
EUWI+ provides this support to the national monitoring institutions through
multiple capacity building and know-how transfer, such as a series of specific staff trainings on surface and groundwater quality monitoring compliant to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), oral and written guidance and direct support for pilot field surveys in the Dnipro basin. This support continues with data processing and analysis, such as on the Ecological Status Classification (WFD) and the design of monitoring networks, which is strengthened by various investments in field equipment.
Further, the water laboratory in Vyshgorod (Interregional Office of Protective Arrays of Dnipro Reservoirs), recently refurbished by SAWR, was equipped with state-of-the-art water chemistry analytical devices. and their staff is being trained on this equipment. This will now enable to extend the scope of analysis to a much wider range of pesticides and heavy metals and will allow quantification to ultra trace levels. This EU support ensures that the analytical results are comparable, consistent, and quality assured, allowing to take policy decisions on the basis of solid scientific evidence and analytical proficiency according to the new EU quality assurance indicators and international standards (the Vyshgorod lab is preparing for ISO 17025 accreditation).
The Ukrainian competent institutions can now dispose of new equipment and experts well trained in sampling and analysis of all groundwater and surface water bodies. This will bring Ukraine closer to the high water protection standards of the EU.
Reports produced within EUWI+
- Definition of reference conditions and class boundaries in rivers of Ukraine for the BQE benthic invertebrates, 2019
- Report on Surface Water Monitoring in the Dnipro River Basin District, Ukraine, 2020
- Dnipro - RBMP report - Risk Groundwater, 2020 (this includes a detailed assessment of the monitoring situation and a way forward
- Protected areas identification and mapping, setting of environmental objectives and monitoring
- Guidance to identify relevant methodological documents on WFD implementation and RBMP development
- Surface Water Monitoring Development Plan, 2020