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European bathing water quality in 2020

European bathing water quality in 2020

As part of an annual bathing water quality data collection and assessment process, we have updated the quality statuses for more than 22,000 bathing waters in Europe. Bathing water quality in Europe remains high: the minimum water quality standards were met at 93 % of sites.
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12
Jul
European agricultural policy needs to ensure stronger environmental improvements for water

European agricultural policy needs to ensure stronger environmental improvements for water

Reducing pressures from agriculture is key to improving the status of Europe’s rivers, lakes, transitional, coastal waters and seas as well as groundwater bodies. A European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment shows that wider uptake of sustainable agricultural management practices is needed for improving the state of water, as well as biodiversity.
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03
Mar
Improvements in bathing water quality - Success story

Improvements in bathing water quality - Success story

We have produced an EEA report on success stories of the European bathing water management. It shows how improving bathing water quality can serve as a model for successful environmental legislation and management.
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02
Mar
Multiple pressures shape river ecosystems across Europe

Multiple pressures shape river ecosystems across Europe

The scientific article "Multiple stressors determine river ecological status at the European scale: Towards an integrated understanding of river status deterioration" has been published. It has been found that almost two thirds of the observed changes in European freshwater biota can be directly attributed to human influences. Excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus compounds), toxic substances (pesticides and other dangareous substances) and hydromorphological changes (changes in the dynamics, duration and frequency of high waters, prolonged hydrological droughts, water abstraction, channel regulations, narrowing of riverbeds, etc.) are almost equally negatively impacting rivers.
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26
Jan
The preliminary pan-European assessment reveals clear signals of degraded floodplain condition

The preliminary pan-European assessment reveals clear signals of degraded floodplain condition

Preliminary pan-European assessment of floodplain condition addresses the degradation of floodplain extent, structure, as well as processes. It documents that floodplains suffer from wide-spread degradation in particular very flat lowland, flat lowland and mid altitude plateau types. These correspond to areas where land use activities are intense and urbanisation is present. This is also where the lateral connection between rivers and floodplain, which is fundamental for their condition, has been most impaired.
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25
Jan
Floodplains and pesticides - Our input to the annual national

Floodplains and pesticides - Our input to the annual national "Mišič Water Day" abstracts

Our experts have published two articles on their research regarding the comparison of the human impact on the floodplains in Slovenia with the impact in the other European countries; and the initial analysis of the EEA pan-european pesticide dataset.
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27
Nov
Water information systems for the Caucasus

Water information systems for the Caucasus

We supported the development and launch of the three national water information systems.
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15
Jun
EU indicator on nutrients and biochemical oxygen demand published

EU indicator on nutrients and biochemical oxygen demand published

To update the indicator on the European freshwater quality, we have analysed tje monitoring data from more than 7600 monitoring sites in the European Union.
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03
Dec
Expert excursion: water management in Slavonija and Vojvodina

Expert excursion: water management in Slavonija and Vojvodina

Our team has joined the Water Management Society of Slovenia multi-day excursion to Slavonija (Croatia) and Vojvodina (Serbia). The aim was to visit some of the largest fluvial floodplains in Europe, get acquainted with the flood management measures and river navigation infrastructure on the Danube, as well as to meet the water experts of Croatia and Serbia.
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11
Oct
Workshops on water data processing and assessment held in Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan

Workshops on water data processing and assessment held in Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan

By visiting the three Caucasus capitals, we established the basis for the development of three national information systems on water, operating according to the EIONET standards.
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10
Apr
Gravel sample collection fieldwork on the river Mura

Gravel sample collection fieldwork on the river Mura

Our team took part in gravel sample collection fieldwork on the banks of the river Mura. The aim is to monitor the hydromorphological effects of the river canal restoration under the project DraMurCi.
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29
Mar