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WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE
 The 'Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the Community action in the field of water policy' (EU Water Framework Directive or WFD) sets a framework for comprehensive management of water resources in the European Community, within a common approach and with common objectives, principles and basic measures 
 

The EU Water Framework Directive provides the major driver for achieving sustainable management of water throughout Europe, for many years to come.
The purpose of the EU Water Framework Directive is to establish a framework for the protection of inland surface waters (rivers and lakes), transitional waters (estuaries), coastal waters and groundwater. The fundamental objective of the Water Framework Directive is to prevent any deterioration in water quality and to achieve at least 'good status' for all waters by 2015.

For the first time, the WFD sets ecological criteria and objectives, designed to protect and, where necessary, restore the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems themselves, and thereby safeguard the sustainable use of water resources. Future success in managing Europe’s water environment will be judged principally by the achievement of these ecological goals.

The WFD also introduces an integrated water resources management on the basis of river basins, rather than administrative borders. Furthermore, costs and benefits can be properly taken into account when setting environmental objectives and proportionate and cost-effective combinations of measures to achieve the objectives can be designed and implemented. It also provides new opportunities for anyone, including the general public, to become actively involved in shaping the management of river basin districts.

Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive raises a number of scientific, technical and practical challenges within a demanding timetable. While implementation of the WFD resides fully within the competence of individual Member States it was recognised that a common approach to some of these challenges would allow the sharing of expertise, information, experience and resources whilst facilitating, as far as possible, a coherent and harmonious implementation of the Directive.

A Common Implementation Strategy (WFD CIS) was thus agreed in May 2001 between Member States, Norway and the Commission. Under the WFD CIS a series of Community working groups have developed informal and non-legally binding guidance documents on how to action the technical parts of the WFD.

 

 

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