By nurturing our common water heritage here and now, we can ensure the possibility of enjoying it in the future. Since water bodies and their catchment areas know no boundaries, they have a strong effect on each other. Cooperation in caring for water bodies is therefore required within their catchment areas, regardless of whether they are used for agriculture, forestry, peat production or any other form of human activity.

Within a single project, Freshabit LIFE IP brings together practical actors and operators, water management professionals and experts, researchers and decision-makers. The results of this co-operation will include a national, integrated catchment area model that will facilitate practical water conservation work. This comprehensive tool combines a number of detailed models, which are currently used separately for estimating loading and hydrology.  The aim is to achieve one common tool that enables the advance planning of issues such as correctly dimensioned and positioned water protection measures to meet the needs of forestry and agriculture. In addition, the project aggregates the material and immaterial benefits people gain from N2000 water bodies alongside the indicators describing such ecosystem services, and tests their functionality in selected test areas.

The project is exceptionally long, almost 7 years. This will enable the development and establishment of more permanent new forms of cooperation and practices, which will continue beyond the conclusion of the project.

Last updated 22 May 2020