The Russian Research Institute for Integrated Water Management and Protection
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The Russian Research Institute for Integrated Water Management and Protection (RosNIIVKh), founded in 1969, is the only branch institute in the country, engaged in fundamental theoretical research and reaching water management objectives. The Urals rapid industrialization in the 60s, a vigorous growth of such water-consuming industries as machine-building, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, quantitative and qualitative depletion of water resources resulted in favorable conditions for such an institute to be founded in Yekaterinburg.

The fact that water management is a strategically important branch makes RosNIIVKh highly responsible for developing a national policy and optimum system of water management.

RosNIIVKh with its divisions is an integrated system, embracing practically every region of Russia. There are RosNIIVKhs affiliates in Saint-Petersburg, Novocherkassk, Volgograd, Ufa, Chyta, Chelyabinsk, Vladivostok and Novosibyrsk. An associated member of RosNIIVKh is the Institute of Natural Systems Ecology of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences. Besides, RosNIIVKh owns the Sverdlovskoye pilot production and research-production station on the shore of Lake Shartash. In 1997 one more affiliate of RosNIIVKh was founded, that is the Institute of Water Management Certification.

At present RosNIIVKh works within the structure of Ministry of Natural Resources and Urals Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Being a large research foundation, it develops, coordinates and implements numerous governmental orders, federal and regional target water management programs.

The institutes main scientific achievements are as follows.

It has developed a scientific theoretical basis of water sector functioning and national system of water resources management;

It has created concepts for national policy on sustainable water use, as well as for dealing with floods and drinking water supply;

It has elaborated legislative and regulatory documentation on basin agreements, water quality forecast, and development of programs on basins and industrial conglomerates.

Not of the least importance are publishing activities of the Institute, under its auspecies the Water of Russia newspaper, periodical journals, monographs, brochures on key water topics are published on a regular basis.

RosNIIVKhs international relations consist of visit exchanges, study tours for scientists, development and implementation of joint research programs, scientific research information exchange.

Especially successful RosNIIVKh has been cooperating with the Dutch Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (RIZA). France, Italy, Germany, China, Finland, the list has to be continued. Since 1995 RosNIIVKh has been a member of the European Water Pollution Control Association (EWPCA).

RosNIIVKh today is a leader of the Urals school of water sciences, and over the last decades it has gained prestige all over Russia. The Institutes experts are willing to cooperate with professionals in various fields and institutions, heads of firms and companies interested in the rehabilitation of water bodies, the latter being a guarantee of high life standards for present and future generations.

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