Estonia

Situated in Eastern Europe, Estonia is bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, between Latvia and Russia. Offshore, there are more than 1,500 islands belonging to Estonia. It has a maritime climate with wet moderate winters and cool summers. Important natural resources of Estonia include oil shale, peat, arable land and sea mud.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Occasional flooding in the spring
  • Estonia has more than 1,400 natural and manmade lakes. Among these, the smaller needs to be monitored in agricultural areas
  • Air polluted with sulfur dioxide from oil-shale burning power plants in northeast; however, the amount of pollutants emitted to the air have fallen steadily since the 1980s
  • Start-up of new water purification plants, decreasing the load of wastewater
  • Coastal seawater is polluted in certain locations

Contact GWP Estonia

Mr. Richard Muller gwpcee@shmu.sk (for GWP Central and Eastern Europe)

Mr. Arvo Jarvet sekretar@veeyhing.ee (for Estonia)

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm

UN-Water Statistics http://www.unwater.org/statistics_KWIP.html


Source: www.cia.gov; http://data.worldbank.org; www.unwater.org

Posted: 2012-07-24


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