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Lithuania and Poland Make Co-operative Efforts to Improve the Status of the Water Bodies in the Nemunas River Basin Area


2006.05.24

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the agreement between the Governments of Lithuania and Poland on the co-operation in the field of the use and protection of transboundary waters signed on 7 June 2005 in Byelovezh.

This agreement was concluded with the aim of improving the status of the water bodies in the whole Nemunas river basin area. It is seen as a necessary prerequisite for the co-operation of the two countries in the protection and sustainable use of transboundary waters and water resources connected to them, co-ordination of the activities affecting these waters by monitoring them and controlling pollution sources, exchanging the necessary information and data and implementing the requirements of basin management.

 The Ministries of Environment of the two countries have been closely co-operating since 1992, when they signed a co-operation agreement in Warsaw, and have been developing co-operation plans every two years. Currently, Lithuanian and Polish environmentalists co-operate in accordance with the 2005-2006 plan in the areas of air protection and climate change, sustainable development and regional policy, geology, nature protection, forestry, sewage treatment, monitoring of water resources and etc.

 24-05-2006


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