Water Management of the Narva River: harmonization and sustention

About the Project
Nutrient pollution is a major water quality problem in the Baltic Sea and complete data on the waterborne nutrient inputs via rivers is particularly needed to address this problem. The Narva river forms the border between Estonia and Russia and in terms of its volume is the second largest river discharging into the Gulf of Finland. However, up to now Estonia and Russia use significantly different measured data and calculation methods for estimation of total nutrient load transported by the Narva river to the sea.
To overcome this mismatch the NarvaWatMan project was created.

The objective of the project is to develop a common calculation methodology for the Narva River water quality and quantity and to make recommendations for more effective measures to reduce pollution load from both countries.
For this goal, Estonian and Russian scientists will work together to:

  • Develop harmonized method for Narva river water runoff
  • Develop harmonized method for nutrient load estimation from the Narva river to the Baltic Sea
  • Elaborate common indicators, criteria and classification for water quality assessment
  • Prepare proposals for developing a joint methodology determining the share of contributions in the total nutrient load
  • Make recommendations for planning nutrient reduction measures in the Narva river catchment area in order to fulfill HELCOM nutrients reduction targets
  • Raise awareness among Narva and Ivangorod citizens regarding sustainable use of Narva River water resources
Project Budget: 565 850 EUR
The 90% (509 265 EUR) of the project is financed by the Estonia-Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 and 10% (56 585 EUR) - by the project Partners.

Duration: 15.03.2019 - 14.03.2022
  •  24-08-2021 15:14

New discharge measurements from Estonian and Russian sides were performed on the 24th of August.

  •  14-08-2021 14:52

On 14th of August the Narva River day took place in the Narva city. Tallinn University of Technology was presented with its "Water Lab" and "Narva River Quiz" under the framework of the NARVAWATMAN project.

  •  29-08-2020 10:00 - 29-08-2020 16:00
  •   Ivangorod, Leningrad Oblast, Russia

On August 29, 2020 the 3rd International EcoMarathon has ended by spectacular sport duathlon in Ivangorod, Russia. 139 professional and nonprofessional sportsmen from Russia came together to explore natural heritage of Ivangorod district while rafting on Narva River and then cycling. Estonia citizens supported the sportsmen from Estonian side of Narva River.

  •  20-07-2020 10:00 - 22-07-2020 18:00
  •   Health and educational center "Rosson", Kingiseppsky district, Russia

On 20 -22 July 2020 the 3rd international Eco Marathon has been organized in children's health and educational center "Rosson" in Kingiseppsky district, Russia. The overall aim of the Eco Marathon was to promote sustainable water management and raise awareness about Narva River ecological state.

  •  12-11-2019 12:00 - 20-03-2020 12:00
  •   Ivangorod/Narva

From November 2019 till March 2020 many public activities were organized within the Winter Eco Marathon in the framework of NarvaWatMan project. The activities took place in two cities: Narva (Estonia) and Ivangorod (Russia). The main goal of the Winter Eco Marathon was to raise people’s awareness regarding environmental issues within the Narva River catchment area, including the investigation of Narva River water resources, nuclear pollution in its catchment area, ecological state of the Gulf of Finland, etc. For that purpose, several lectures and educational master classes were held in Narva and Ivangorod schools, as well as in open access places (restaurant, Ivangorod fortress).

  •  27-07-2019 10:00 - 27-07-2019 17:30
  •   Ivangorod promenade and fortress, Russia

On 27 July 2019 in Ivangorod (Russia) the multiphase Eco Marathon running within the ER25NarvaWanMan project has come to its end. The overall aim of this event was raising awareness and partnership for sustainable use of Narva river water resources. The involvement of the wide public, the secondary school students, youths into the creative works was desirable.

  •  13-07-2019 00:00
  •   Linnuse 2, Narva, Estonia

On 13 July 2019 the EcoEvent was held in Narva (Estonia) within the "Narva River Day 2019" and as a part of ER25NarvaWatMan project Summer Eco Marathon.

  •  02-07-2019 12:00
  •   Ivangorod Cultural and Leisure Center, Russia

On 2 July 2019 the Summer Eco Marathon organized within ER25NarvaWatMan project has started in Ivangorod (Russia) by EcoArt event. This event was the first phase of the wide range of activities planned within Eco Marathon in Narva and Ivangorod cities. The overall aim of the Eco Marathon was raising public awareness and partnership for sustainable water management of transboundary Narva river.

  •  25-03-2019 03:26
  •   TalTech, Tallinn

The Grant Opening of the Project took place in Tallinn on March 26, 2019. More than 30 Estonian and Russian experts and stakeholders from the water sector, representatives from governmental organisations and municipalities, and international commissions came together for the common understanding of the compliance issues relating to the project.


Lead Partner

Tallinn University of Technology

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Partner 2

Federal State Budgetary Institution "State Hydrological Institute" (SHI)

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Partner 3

State Geological Unitary Enterprise „Special Company "Mineral"

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Narva City

Associated Partner 4 to TalTech

Narva City Government, Architecture and Urban Planning Department

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Ivangorod City

Associated Partner 5 to "Mineral"

Administration of municipal formation «City Ivangorod Kingisepp municipal district of Leningrad Region»

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“This  publication  has  been  produced  with  the  financial  assistance  of  the  Estonia – Russia  Cross  Border  Cooperation  Programme  2014-2020.  The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of Tallinn University of Technology and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Programme participating countries alongside with the European Union”.

“Эта публикация подготовлена при финансовой поддержке Программы приграничного сотрудничества «Россия-Эстония» на период 2014-2020 годов. Содержание данной публикации является исключительной ответственностью Таллинского Технического Университета и ни в коей мере не является отражением позиции стран-участниц Программы и Европейского Союза”.

“Antud väljaanne valmis Eesti-Vene piiriülese koostöö programmi 2014-2020 rahalise abiga. Selle väljaande sisu eest vastutab ainuisikuliselt Tallinna Tehnikaülikool ning selles kajastatu ei peegelda mingil juhul Programmis osalevate riikide ega Euroopa Liidu seisukohti.

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