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Water Framework Directive
and Heavily Modified Water Bodies

12 - 13 March 2009, Brussels



About this event

Final Workshop Conclusions [pdf, 668 KB]

Germany, UK and the European Commission are jointly organising a workshop on "Heavily Modified Water Bodies: Information Exchange on Designation, Assessment of Ecological Potential, Objective Setting and Measures" on 12 - 13 March 2009 in Brussels (Representation of Bavaria), in cooperation with the WFD CIS-ECOSTAT-group and the CIS-HYMO-activity.


The workshop aims to allow information exchange on the following topics:

  • Designation of Heavily Modified Water Bodies (HMWB): Exchange of experiences on practical application of HMWB designation processes in the Member States.
  • Establishing Good Ecological Potential (GEP): Exchange experiences with the practical application of methods for deriving GEP, including both the HMWB Guidance No 4 approach based on biological quality elements and the "Prague" approach based on mitigation measures.
  • Objective setting and measures: Discuss experiences of Member States on objective setting for HMWB, including the application of exemptions, and exchange information about planned mitigation measures.


About 120 participants are expected for the event, including nominated representatives from the Member States, the European Commission, relevant European-level organisations and stakeholder groups.




Workshop organised by Ecologic on behalf of Germany, the UK and the European Commission in cooperation with the WFD CIS-ECOSTAT-group and the CIS-HYMO-activity.

Hosted by the Free State of Bavaria.

Co-organised by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Scottish Executive (SE), the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and the European Commission, DG Environment.


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