The project focused at Russian-Estonian border region, Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe area. There is a great need in the cooperation among the regional and local governments, local stakeholders, both from Estonian and Russian side to eliminate development hindrances, caused by geographical location, and to ensure sustainable development for the whole Lake region. Overall sustainable development objectives have been established in the Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe Transboundary Management Program (UNDP/GEF funded project, managed by Peipsi CTC) which was elaborated in 2003 – 2005.

The Program involves joint and coordinated measures for sustainable use of resources in the transboundary waterbody for the period of 2006-2015. Now the next step is to widely inform the local population about the objectives of the Management Program and start implementation of the measures, the partial implementation of Lake Peipsi Management program, more specifically the following parts: a)Municipal wastewater, b) Ecotourism c) Transboundary water management: coordination, info exchange, public participation. The project activities aimed at developing solutions for preventing this EU external border from being an obstacle for regional development and at improving sustainable use of natural resources.  

Work package 1: Management and coordination

Work package 2: Competence building and training program for local authorities to address sustainable development and environmental challenges in the transboundary Lake Peipsi region:  - Transboundary water management and environmental data use of Lake Peipsi,  - Nature learning and cross-border ecotourism,  - GIS training.

Work package 3. Reconstruction of sewage treatment works in settlement of Pskovkirpich (Pskov City Area)

Work package 4: Information dissemination and networking between different stakeholders. The aim of the WP was promotion of cooperation among Russian and Estonian local, regional authorities, other stakeholders and improving information exchange across the border.

The WP activities provided Lake Peipsi regional information also for the wider audience.   The WP contained of the following components: - Print of Guide on Eco-trail in the Ramsar wetland site “Pskov-Chudskoye lakeside lowland”, to promote the nature tourism on the Russian side of the border area and to popularize the values of “Pskov-Chudskoye lakeside lowland”, territory of international importance (Ramsar wetland site) among Estonian and Russian tourism companies and nature tourists. The guide was in user-friendly format hence to raise public awareness and to attract visitors to the site, as well as to provide environmental/ educational institutions and local community with necessary materials.

  Additional information about the project is available on the website of the Lead Partner - "Peipsi CTC":



Project term:

October 2007 - March 2009