Tanya Milkova

Tanya Milkova

Tanya Milkova has an MSc in biology qualified in hydroecology with extensive experience in water management. She has been involved in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC since the establishment of the River Basin Directorates as competent authorities for water management in Bulgaria in 2002 and has participated in several projects in the field of water management. Tanya has played a leading role in human pressure and impact analyses for the Black Sea River Basin District, surface waters status assessment, and in the development of the WFD and MSFD monitoring programs as well as the MSFD Programme of measures in Bulgaria. She has extensive experience in licensing procedures for water use, wastewater discharge and under the IPPC Directive also with SEA and EIA. 

She is an author of the national approaches for the classification of the SWB ecological status, the assessment of the impact of implementing the RBMP measures, and the draft national approach of the human pressure and impact analyses concerning the elaboration of the second RBMPs in Bulgaria. 

She is the initiator of key projects related to the implementation of the MSFD in Bulgaria, among which the most notable are: 

  • Investigations on the State of the Marine Environment and Improving Monitoring Programs developed under the MSFD – ISMEIMP, Funded by European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA FM) 2009-2014; 
  • Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in Bulgaria – Development of Programmes of Measures; funded by AAP of German Federal Environment Agency. 

As an independent expert, Tanya has worked on the following topics in the past few years: Water Management, Biodiversity protection, Marine Strategy, Maritime Spatial Planning, Integration of Environmental related policies. 

associated projects

Baseline study for the implementation of lighthouses of Mission ‘Restore our ocean and waters by 2030’
European Drought Observatory
Mission ocean, seas and waters implementation support platform
Study on Integrating an Ecosystem-based Approach into Maritime Spatial Planning


Associate - senior policy expert water
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