Tanya Milkova

Tanya Milkova

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

Author of the national approaches for classification of the SWB ecological status; assessment of the effect of the implementation of the RBMP measures, and draft national approach for human pressure and impact analyses concerning the elaboration of the second RBMPs in Bulgaria.

Initiator of key projects related to the implementation of 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.

In the past few years, as an independent expert, Tanya has worked on the following topics: 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
Study on Integrating an Ecosystem-based Approach into Maritime Spatial Planning


Associate - senior policy expert water