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The LIFE-Environment "RiverLife" project “A cost-effective decision support system for management of boreal river basins” (LIFE98 ENV/FIN/573) was developed to maintain or improve the clean status of Finnish rivers and to promote ecologically sustainable land-use, develop assessments of river status, and improve environmental awareness of the ecological impacts of land-derived loading on river ecosystems.

Known as “RiverLife”, the project recognised that the load of suspended solids, nutrients, metals and acidifying substances from land-uses including agriculture, forestry and peat production impact on all levels of a river's ecosystem and that to counter these negative effects, the river basin needs to be seen holistically and full use made of existing water pollution control measures.

The project drafted guidelines for general river basin management that would be useful to any authority planning land use or any body – including businesses – engaged in activities based on the good value of rivers as places of recreation or nature, particularly at local level. The project was fully in line with the EU objectives of integrated management of drainage basins and sustainable land use.

Wide dissemination of the project results was carried out through articles, seminars and conferences, as well as the project website, project publications and a video. The experience and results of the project, including the DSS tools have been used extensively by subsequent projects in related fields, including under the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). Certain aspects of RiverLIFE were also included in another very successful LIFE-Environment project led by the same beneficiary, Bothnian Bay LIFE (LIFE00 ENV/FIN/646)


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Source of information "RiverLife" project
Keyword(s) river basin management, EU-LIFE, EU-WFD
Geographical coverage Finland
News date 02/05/2007
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FINNISH