Environmental Protection of International River Basins Project (EPIRB)

About of project:

Period: 30.01.2012 – 29.10.2016

Budget: € 7,562,600 (for all countries)

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus

Locations: Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine


The countries jointly provide for environmental safety of trans-boundary rivers crossing their territories. This regional project is aimed at improving the environment of the Black Sea basin comprising a number of Belarusian rivers.

Goals and Objectives: Improve water quality in the trans-boundary river basins of the wider Black Sea region and Belarus and develop their management plan according to the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive. Improve the availability and quality of data on the ecological and chemical status of trans-boundary river basins.

Intermediate outcomes: An analysis of the risks of contamination and impacts on Belarusian water bodies was presented in May 2014. It pointed out flow discontinuities and the absence of fishways.

The Belarus River Basin Management Plan was developed as well (based on the Upper Dnieper Basin Pilot Project), according to the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive.

Technical regulations were developed to make laboratory monitoring of water quality more efficient and regular.

Points of Contact: Aliaksandr Stankevich, Water Management Expert

+375 44 555 1413, aps_stankevich@mail.ru

Timothy Turner, Project Team Leader

trturner@btinternet.com; tim.turner@blacksea-riverbasins.net

+44 01242 576461‚ +380 95 386 7608

Ivelina Dilovska, Project Manager

+359 2 448 64 72, + 359 2 448 64 70, +359 887 083 862


Web link: http://blacksea-riverbasins.net/ru