Steps Towards Integrated Water Management in the Sava River Basin
Keywords:Sava River Basin, water management practice, international cooperation, biological data, water quality, ecological status
The aim of this paper is to review data and activities related to water management within the Sava River Basin and contribute to more effective management practices within the basin. The particular focus was given to monitoring of ecological status, availability of biological data and the design of a biological database as part of an information system established within the frame of activity of the International Sava River Basin Commission. The main goal is to provide the basis for establishment of basin wide actions for cooperation on data collection and effective sharing of information. Based on the review of the development of routine water quality monitoring procedures and ecological status assessment methodology within the Sava River Basin, it can be concluded that during the last ten years considerable progress has been achieved. There is a general lack of high quality data needed for river basin management planning within the SRB. This is specifically the case for biological data. Combining results on measurements of biological and parameters with physico-chemical, chemical and hydromorphological parameters, is of crucial significance for the decision making process in water management. The proposal of a conceptual database for biological records was also presented as a basic step for designing a functional information system for environmental data.