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Water Framework Directive
and Hydropower

4-5 June 2007, Berlin

About this event

Key Conclusions

Workshop Summary Report

At their last meeting in Inari/Finland (30 November - 1 December 2006), the Water Directors agreed to continue the CIS activity on the “Water Framework Directive and Hydromorphological Pressures”. The focus of the continued activity (Phase II: 2007-2009) should be on the exchange of information via workshops rather than the production of further documents.

The workshop on WFD & Hydropower (Berlin, 4-5 June 2007) is the first event in the context of the continued CIS activity. The workshop is organised by Germany and UK (lead countries of the activity) in cooperation with Austria, as part of the programme of the German Presidency of the EU.

The workshop will give an audience for discussing the use of water for hydropower production and the related hydromorphological changes. Particular attention will be paid to key issues which were not covered or were only partly covered in the documents developed during Phase I of the CIS activity on WFD & Hydromorphological Pressures (Policy Paper and Technical Paper).

About 120 to 130 participants are expected for this event including nominated representatives from the Member States, the European Commission, relevant European-level organisations and stakeholder groups.

Major objective of the workshop is to reach common understanding between the participating parties on ecological criteria for hydropower plant operation compliant with the WFD objectives, on strategic approaches for the improvement of hydromorphological conditions on the catchment area scale and on instruments for maintaining hydropower use as well as improving the water status (e.g. financial instruments, compensation possibilities).

The participants will develop a joint issues paper, which will summarise the main outcomes of the discussion and the key open questions.

Workshop organised by Ecologic on behalf of Germany and the UK as Lead Countries of the CIS activity on "Water Framework Directive and Hydromorphological Pressures". Hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Under the auspices of the German presidency of the EU.

Co-organised by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the Scottish Executive (SE), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Lebensministerium) and the European Commission, DG Environment.

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