River basin districts

Mainland Finland is divided into seven river basin districts (RBD) for the purposes of the river basin planning and management required under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). These districts have been defined on the basis of the natural basins of major rivers:

1. Vuoksi River Basin District

2. Kymijoki-Gulf of Finland River Basin District

3. Kokemäenjoki-Archipelago Sea-Bothnian Sea River Basin District

4. Oulujoki-Iijoki River Basin District

5. Kemijoki River Basin District

6. Tornionjoki IRBD (shared with Sweden)

7. Teno, Näätämöjoki and Paatsjoki IRBD (shared with Norway)

8. A separate RBD has been defined to cover the autonomous Åland Islands province, where the WFD is being implemented by the provincial government.

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Key role for Centres for economic development, transport and environment

Finland´s Centres for economic development, transport and environment are responsible for the planning of river basin management in their respective districts, with one centre appointed to co-ordinate the management of each of the five RBDs, together with a steering group. All of the Centres for economic development, transport and environment in each RBD participate in the work of the steering groups, together with a representative of the fisheries administration.

Centres for economic development, transport and environment have additionally set up joint working groups, whose other members include invited representatives of the main national and local authorities, organisations, landowners and business interests responsible for the use, protection and state of water bodies.
Published 2013-11-11 at 13:36, updated 2013-11-11 at 13:35