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The state of water resources is common concern for neighbouring states


On the 22nd of March the international community will mark the World Water Day. It was declared by the United Nations in 1992. Lithuania has celebrated this day since 2000 at the initiative of the Ministry of Environment.

This year the World Water Day shares the topic of Water Cooperation. Management of basins is a suggested focus. It is the key principle of managing water resources when decisions and mutual agreements on their protection and use are made by neighbouring states that share the resources of the same water basins. There are 276 cross-border river basins worldwide and almost all (256 of 276) span across two, three or four countries.

According to Dalius Krinickas, Director of the Water Department of the Ministry of Environment, all four river basins in Lithuania (Nemunas, Venta, Lielupė and Dauguva) are trans-national, bordering on Poland, Latvia, Russia and Belarus. For this reason international agreements on waters are highly significant for our country. In Lithuania, river basins connect about 4,833 lakes and about 29,000 rivers and streams.

Our country regularly exchanges data on the state of cross-border water bodies and information on emergencies caused by technical and natural reasons that may negatively affect the water environment in another state with the neighbouring states and takes part in joint projects. One of the current top priorities is signing an agreement between Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and the European Community on the protection and use of the Nemunas river basin.

Information of the Ministry of Environment, tel. 8~706 63660
21 March 2013



Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas