Project description

The financing agreement of the LIFE IP CleanEST project, LIFE17 IPE/EE/00007 was signed on 14.12.2018 between the Ministry of the Environment and the European Commission. The duration of the project is 10 years and its entire cost is 16.7 million Euros, of which 10 million Euros will be provided by the European Commission and 6.7 million Euros will be divided between the state budget and the funding of the Environmental Investment Centre.

The project is managed by the Ministry of the Environment. There are 23 partners in total. The partners include: the Environmental Board, the Environment Agency, the Environmental Inspectorate, the Estonian Environmental Research Centre, the Information Technology Centre of the Ministry of the Environment, the Geological Survey of Estonia, the Ministry of Rural Affairs, Tallinn University of Technology, the Estonian University of  Life Sciences, the Science Centre AHHAA, Estonian Public Broadcasting, the State Forest Management Centre, the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce, the cities of Rakvere and Narva, the rural municipalities of Alutaguse, Viru-Nigula, Vinni, Kadrina and Väike-Maarja, as well as the Ida-Viru County Association of Municipal Governments and as a partner from abroad, the NGO Rivers Trust.

The aim of the project is the application of the measures intended for the Viru sub-basin, foreseen within the Eastern Estonia water management plan and programme of measures, as well as the development of a new water management plan for the period 2021-2027. The project includes 38 bodies of watercourses, 2 coastal water bodies and 8 groundwater bodies.

Integration in the project means that the water bodies of Virumaa are dealt with as a whole, taking into consideration diffuse and point sources of pollution, pressure factors, as well as ecological condition. The project will focus on existing water management plan measures, as well as possible new solutions, such as the mapping of ecosystem services and development of remote monitoring solutions. The main fields of activity are the transformation of residual pollution, the liquidation of migration barriers, measures to reduce pressures from agriculture on the environment, clarification of the investment opportunities for local handling systems and the increasing of environmental awareness.

The practical activities, performed throughout the ten years, include the monitoring and studying of the surface and coastal waters, as well as groundwater of the Ida-Viru and Lääne-Viru Counties; cleaning 1.5 kilometres of the river bed and banks of the Erra River from residual pollution within the Uhaku Karst Area; cleaning the surface of the former tyre plant in Kohtla-Nõmme, from where 1 200 tons of waste mixed with oil will be removed; test works will be performed and 340 square metres of residual waste of the surface of the Pahnimäe asphaltic concrete plant will be transformed. Research will be performed and preliminary projects prepared, for the liquidation of residual waste, in five areas of residual waste - Ahtme asphaltic concrete plant, Kiviõli Industrial Park, Sõmeru helicopter field, Rakvere vehicle depot filling station and the Tamsalu railroad tie plant. Concerning biota, salmon will be reestablished in the Purtse River, migration barriers will be analysed, of which six will be resolved, including finding a possibility for a fish migratory route at the Püssi dam and to the extent of ten kilometres habitats will be restored.

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Done Planned
Cleaning of the Erra River 2020-2022
Ensuring the mobility of fish at the Püssi dam 2020-2022
Restocking of juvenile fish 2020-2026