Selisoo, Estonia

The aim of the Selisoo case study is to assess the effect of underground mining to a neighboring wetland water balance. The Selisoo bog is situated in north-eastern Estonia, which is the oil-shale mining area. Just beside the Selisoo bog, an underground mine is active at the depth of ~60 m from ground. Selisoo belongs to the European Union’s Natura 2000 network and therefore there have been several discussions, if or to what extent the active underground mine affects water balance at Selisoo bog. Therefore, the Selisoo case study represents a Groundwater management issue in regards of Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) and Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC in the Freewat project. The main aim is to describe the interaction between the groundwater and groundwater dependent ecosystems close to the mining activity. Another task is to upgrade the previously existing model and to construct a new so that all stakeholders can have input during the process. Later, all results of modelling and the model itself will be available to all stakeholders.


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