Lake restoration guidance material in a native language
Topic of the practice
Profound information on lake restoration has been made accessible for public in an Internet Handbook in Estonian. It has been used intensively and the feedback has been good. Experiences suggest that information in native language is needed to facilitate the central idea of the WFD to increase the participation of local stakeholders
Good Practice Information
The need for assembled and systemized information on lake restoration issues, available in native language to reach as large as possible range of target groups, was identified in Estonia. During 2009-2011 it was made accessible in internet. The objectives are, in mediation of the native language, to reach most large range of the target groups to spread education on lake restoration issues,
to raise the awareness of all related people, institutions and enterprises to get best possible effect in lake restoration. The guiding materials are are used actively, especially in planning phase of lake restoration activities. Target groups are authorities, local municipalities, engineering bureaus, environmental impact assessors, publicity.
Evidence of success
Estonian Environmental Investment Centre has financed 38 projects (total cost 4,5 million €) of lake/reservoir restoration, including preliminary studies, 2011-2013 when the guidance material has been available for public use. According to feedback from users, materials have been actively used for preliminary investigations of status assessment and planning of restoration actions.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Centre for Limnology, Estonian University of Life Sciences
Annex completed on: 09-08-2014