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Area: 5888268 km2
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
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Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $1,022,967,483.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: --
  • Access to Sanitation: $57,059,339.00 - [6%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $245,376,837.00 - [24%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: $53,807,698.00 - [5%]
  • Water Scarcity: $496,229,028.00 - [49%]
  • Water Management: $170,494,580.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

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Country Overview

1.1.1.WATER RESOURCES Renewable water resources in Bulgaria total 19.4km3. The hydro-geographic network of the country is rather complex and in most of the regions quite dense, without very big rivers (with the exception of the River Danube, which forms the northern border). These peculiarities are due to the fact that the country has a small territory, is located near sea basins (the Black Sea to the east and the Aegean Sea to the south), and has a transitional continental climate and deeply indented relief. On average, the perennial flow is estimated at about 19-20 billion m3 and, in a secured year, at 75 per cent or about 14 billion m3. The following four River Basin Districts have been established by the National Water Act: -Danube River Basin District (Pleven); -Black Sea River Basin District (Varna); -South-West Aegean River Basin District (Blagoevgrad); -South-East Aegean River Basin District (Plovdiv); 1.1.2.WATER USE Water withdrawals in Bulgaria total around 10.5km3/year. Water use by sector is as follows: -agricultural use, 19 per cent; -domestic use, 3 per cent; -industrial Use, 78 per cent.

1.2.WATER QUALITY, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH Major environmental problems include: air pollution from industrial emissions; the pollution of rivers with raw sewage, heavy metals and detergents; deforestation; forest damage caused by air pollution and resulting acid rain; soil contamination with heavy metals from metallurgical plants and industrial wastes

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Organizations in Bulgaria

We are committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner, supporting the long-term health of the planet, the success of customers and our people. Our environmental sustainability strategy aims to drive climate action throughout our value chain, use … Learn More

Projects in Bulgaria

CONNECTING is a project that will establish the EU as a global leader for climate resilience, collaborative processes, and innovation for Nature Based Solutions by drawing on the experiences from three selected front-running cities in this project: Genk (Belgium), Glasgow … Learn More

Every Drop Matters (EDM) is a unique partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Coca-Cola Company, which works across Europe and the CIS, the Arab States and Asia. Since they joined forces in 2006, the partners have … Learn More

Sustainable hydropower for more clean electricity in BulgariaVEC Energy Ltd. operates a small hydroelectric power plant with a capacity of 3.4 MW in proximity of the village Katuntsi in Southwestern Bulgaria, at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. The region … Learn More

In 2019, WWF Bulgaria and Mondi restored a natural riparian forest on degraded land near the Mondi Stambolijski mill.7 This is the third site that we have restored through the WWF-Mondi Global Partnership within the Maritsa water catchment, where our … Learn More

Reconnecting floodplains to restore ecosystem services and re-establish biodiversity, this project focuses on restoring the cut-off floodplains to the Danube for the benefit of people, habitats and species. The project focuses on improving knowledge on habitat locations and conditions, helping … Learn More

SuWaNu Europe is a project focused on the reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture. The reason behind is that wastewater when treated according to appropriate standards and methods has a strong potential to complement conventional water resources used in agricultural … Learn More

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