Greek part of Strymonas River basin is located at the north of the region
of Central Macedonia and covers an area of 6,472
Strymonas River and Lake Kerkini are the main surface water bodies in the
basin, which in turn contribute to the Serres plain with ground water.
Lake Kerkini was constructed during 1933-36 mainly for protection against
floods caused by Strymonas River. Soon after it was used as a reservoir
for irrigation water.
activities, which constitute the main threat to surface waters and
groundwater in the basin, take place in its lower part (elevation less
than +100 m), which covers an area of 100,000 ha. This is area irrigated
by a dense irrigation network. The Land Reclamation Service of Serres
(DEB-S) is responsible for the water resources management in agricultural
area through its administrative and technical supervision of the General
Land Reclamation Agency (G.L.R.A.) and of the 10 Local Land Reclamation
Agencies (L.L.R.A.). These agencies manage the land reclamation works and
the distribution of irrigation water.
main problems of the area that the project STRYMON is aiming to solve are:
Water losses through the distribution system
The high concentration of surface waters in nutrients originating from the
Degradation of the downstream agricultural soils due to their irrigation
with drainage water
Undesirable alterations in the hydroperiod of Lake Kerkini,
e) The intrusion of the sea into Strymonas during irrigation period due to its low discharge.
STRYMON project entitled "Ecosystem
Based Water Resources Management to Minimize Environmental Impacts from
Agriculture Using State of the Art Modelling Tools in Strymonas Basin" (contract
number LIFE03ENV/GR/000217) is a 4-years project co-funded by the European
Union, the Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture, EKBY, the Directorate of Land
Reclamation of Serres, the Development Agency of Serres S.A. (ANESER S.A.)
and the Local Association for the Protection of Lake Kerkini (SPALK).
of the project:
Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY)
of Serres- Directorate of Land Reclamation of Serres
Agency of Serres S.A. (ANESER S.A.)
Local Association for the Protection of Lake Kerkini (SPALK)
The overall objective of the project is to promote the
sustainable management of surface waters and groundwater in Strymonas
River Basin assisting the implementation of Water Frame Directive.
Specific objectives are:
In order the project to meet the objectives a number of
actions will be undertaken organized under six tasks:
Basin Integrated surface waters-groundwater model.
Action 1.1. Technical Report ôStrymonas Basin Integrated Surface Water & Groundwater Model
Calibration, Validation and Sensitivity Analysis of the Model
the crop pattern, Water Quality and Hydrological Regime.
Action 2.1. Crop pattern identification in Strymonas basin using satellite image analysis
Action 2.2. Application of SHYLOC.
analysis of crop production in Strymonas Basin.
Environmental policy in Strymonas basin.
resources management planning.
Action 4.1. Elaboration of management plans in agricultural sector in Strymonas Basin
of the opportunity costs of reducing the use of water and agrochemicals in
and Reporting to EC.
5.1. Establishment and operation of the project management structure.
Action 5.2. Reporting to the E.U. on the technical and financial progress of the project.
Task 6. Dissemination of knowledge and public awareness.
6.1.3 Minutes of final meeting
The Methodological approach to the objectives of this project and the Use State of the Art Modelling Tools, are the main innovations of STRYMON project:
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