summary report [pdf, 244 KB, English]
their last meeting in Luxembourg, Water Directors agreed to initiate
a new CIS activity on WFD and hydromorphology, reflecting the importance
- as highlighted in the Article 5 reports - of hydromorphological
pressures on the aquatic environment. Water Directors also recognised
the need to integrate the relevant policy sectors and economic activities,
such as energy (hydropower) and transport (navigation and ports).
Workshop on WFD and Hydromorphology, organized by the UK,
Germany and the European Commission and hosted by the Czech Ministry
of Environment in Prague, will provide a forum to discuss and agree
recommendations for a draft mandate for this new activity. These
recommendations will be forwarded to the SCG for further discussion
with the aim of submitting a draft mandate to Water Directors for
endorsement in November.
emphasis of the first day of the workshop will be on the more strategic
and policy integration issues, with discussions aiming to clarify
how these should be taken forward in the draft mandate. The second
day of the workshop will provide an opportunity for technical discussions
focused on three main themes:
- criteria for risk assessment of hydromorphological
- criteria for the designation
of HMWBs, and mitigation measures.
by case studies, these sessions will facilitate an exchange of information
about what was done in the initial characterisation work and what
Member States are planning to do in future rounds. These discussions
should help to identify those issues that could be more appropriately
or usefully coordinated at European level, forming the basis of
a CIS work package over the next few years.
The third day of the workshop will draw on the reports of the previous
day’s sessions to reach conclusions and focus discussion on
the technical aspects of the draft mandate, with the aim of making
firm recommendations to submit to the SCG.
About 75 to 100 participants are expected for the event including
nominated representatives from the Member States, relevant European-level
organisations and stakeholder groups.