Project Details

Title: Regional administration of lake restoration initiatives
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Water management

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €1,862,333.00
ERDF contribution: €1,480,883.75

Lead partner

Finnish Environment Institute
Mechelininkatu 34a
260, Helsinki

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    • Contact Person: Ansa Pilke
      Phone: +358 295 251 513
      Fax: +358 9 5490 2390

Project summary

The economic values of clean and safe water are well established. Lakes, ponds and reservoirs can provide water for drinking, irrigation, recreation, fish, natural and cultural values and other ecosystem services. Domestic and national tourism in lake districts are often of high local and regional economical importance. However, in spite of remarkable investments in wastewater treatment, the quality of many waters is still under pressure of external loading from agriculture and other diffuse sources. These are tackled in the River Basin Management Plans of the Water Framework Directive. Internal loading from sediments and changes in food-web structure also affect the water quality and these problems can be tackled by management and restoration measures in the lakes. The Interreg IIIC project LakePromo in 2004-2007 presented an overview of restoration practices. However, in planning concrete measures there is also need to review the experiences of case studies in more detail

Lake-Admin aims to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies related to water management, specially in the field of lake, pond and reservoir restoration and management;


1. Share and transfer of good water management practices for better water quality and improved usability

2. Mainstream programmes in each participating regions by developing tangible Implementation Plans which help to adopt good practices in preparing Operational Programmes.

3. Compile good practices and European Lake Restoration Archive of reality-examples into open access guidance material.

4. Recognize the European dimension and expand project mission beyond partner regions considering the new lake standards set by the Water Framework Directive.

For most EU states environmental standards for lakes within WFD are new and the obligations to protect or restore are a new and significant challenge. To improve status of lakes in the given time-scales requires us to share all our existing knowledge and experience. Lake-Admin offers an additional, locally focused route to WFD compliance. Ten partners in cooperation with the Managing Authorities and intermediate bodies from nine countries establish a firm basis and wide geographical coverage to capitalize good practices to have truly European-wide added value. Both the leading regions in lake restoration expertise (like Finland, Denmark, Czech, Hungary) and areas with less-experience and often scarcity of fresh water (like Malta, Greece, Italy) are represented. All participating regions have detected lakes as important elements in their regional development policies. In Lake-Admin they will transfer the identified good practices to regional Implementation Plans.

Project achievements

LakeAdmin project compiled a set of good practices (GPs) for lake restoration for a relevant part of regional planning and water management. The set of practices addresses many subjects for procedures and tools for restoration planning, for monitoring, for reducing loads and impacts of pressures and for wide restoration procedures with complex uses. The set of GPs includes e.g. application multicriteria assessments in comparison of lake restoration initiatives, reducing nutrient loads from scattered settlements by onsite household wastewater treatment units, stakeholder participation, biomonitoring of status of water bodies, and biomanipulation for improvement of lake status.

Lessons learnt in case studies of lake restoration have shown that even a significant reduction of point source sewage loading does not always guarantee improvement in the status of a lake, because of the remaining external loading or internal loading. Also longterm actions, good monitoring and a good local network of public and private actors, authorities and stakeholders are needed. GPs are presented on the website of the project. Regional needs of new good restoration practices and approaches have been screened in the project. Lake restoration archive presenting interesting and notable lake cases, more than 150, was prepared. Project partners produced nine regional or local implementation plans for lake restoration and management issues variyng for local circumstances.

Seminars were arranged in partner regions for various themes and study visits to locally important sites. In 2013 seminar topics were GPs and implementation plans, economic value of lakes and their sustainable use, questions of climate change and regional plans and examples of restoration. For study tours e.g. in Malta important local questions on sufficiency of fresh water resources were considered. In Hungary the KisBalaton wetland with water quality protection questions and Hévíz Thermal Lake were visited, whereas in Czech Republic study tours included fish ponds and experimental monitoring presentation. In Greece large drained Lake Karla offered an interesting case of rewatering. In Ireland study tour presented restoration of large Lough Corrib, and in Denmark in 2014 multipurpose use of small urban lakes.


Final project conference took place in Italy, Rieti in October 2014 and included presentation of local implementation plans.


The project has a functional body called Lake Policy Advisory Board to provide a forum for lake experts to meet regional developers. The board met in final conference for conclusions.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki FINLAND Etelä-Suomi +358 295 251 513
The Municipal Federation of Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio FINLAND Itä-Suomi +358 44 785 5569
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, České Budějovice CZECH REPUBLIC Jihozapad +420 38777 4624
Allerød Municipality, Allerød DENMARK Hovedstaden + 45 48100819
Estonia University of Life Sciences, Tartu ESTONIA Eesti +372 7 454547
Pelion Development Company S.A., Volos GREECE Thessalia +30 24210 78391-5
Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (LBDCA), Siófok HUNGARY Del-Dunantul +36 84 317 002
Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly "formerly: West Regional Authority", Co Roscommon IRELAND Border, Midland and Western +353 94 986 2970
Province of Rieti, Rieti ITALY Lombardia 0039 329 225 225 3
Temi Zammit Foundation, Msida MALTA Malta +356 27224408


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