Mott MacDonald is leading a river basin management scoping study in Russia as part of its support for Partners for Environmental Cooperation (PECE).

PECE is a UK-based multi-stakeholder partnership, set up by Defra to tackle the environmental and sustainability challenges in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Mott MacDonald’s first project involves working with the Russian Institute of Integrated Use and Protection of Water Resources to clearly identify measures to improve the biodiversity in the Kundruchiya River in Southern Russia.

The study is identifying the measures needed to improve the environmental state of the river basin, reducing the level of water pollution entering the river system through point and diffuse sources, and provide sustainable water use for the river’s numerous municipal, industrial and agricultural users. It is also identifying ways to build capacity in the use of new planning tools developed in the UK and the EU for analysis of river basin management issues, and develop through consultation, appropriate strategies for integrated river basin management.

The project is co-funded by Defra, Mott MacDonald and its Russian project partners and is due for completion in July 2006.