6th Screening Workshop Water Framework Directive Program of Measures – Environmental Objectives and Exemptions

Date: 17-19.11.2015
Place: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Previously, first two screening workshops have been organised in 2014, where the participants were introduced into the specific EU water terminology, different policies and regulatory frameworks as well as various techniques and tools for screening and evaluation, for implementing the EU water directives, specifically the preparation of the Program of Measures (PoM). Specifically, at the 3rd Screening Workshop (11-12 March 2015) the methodology for preparing the Program of Measures) has been presented and discussed. Both the concept and the methodology follow the WFD, covering several components, of which the selection of the Significant Water Management Issues (SWMIs), the identification of the visions and the respective management objectives for each of the agreed SWMIs, the pressures and impact assessment, and the economic analysis represent the focus of the 4th Screening Workshop (15-17 September 2015). Particular attention was given to the estimation of the expected effects of PoM implementation in order to encourage the beneficiary countries to explore the cumulative effects of properly designed PoM as a step towards rationalisation of the costs. The cost-effectiveness of measures prices and costs associated with water services has been also elaborated. During 5th workshop (07-09 October), participants made use of the results obtained during the 3rd and the 4th screening workshops and have initiated the elaboration of the Program of measures in Drina River Basin.

The 6th workshop will result with the advanced version of the Program of measures, including basic and supplementary measures, addressing organic pollution, nutrient pollution, flooding, hazardous substances pollution and hydromorphological alterations. For each of these water management issues, the participants will make use of the EC reporting sheets, following the relevant EU Directives. Further, for addressing hydromorphological alterations, the program of measures will cover mainly measures for improving longitudinal and lateral connectivity of rivers.

Objective of the Workshop:

To encourage and mobilize efforts towards WFD implementation as a key to reaching the good water status in the Drina River basin through capacity building activities, and based on countries needs and priorities.

Expected Results of the workshop:

  • Improved understanding of the topics, challenges and tasks, and related responsibilities along the establishment of the environmental objectives and the development of the Program of Measures, in line with WFD;
  • Exchange of experiences and knowledge significantly improved;
  • Key obstacles impeding the tasks implementation and related solutions identified;
  • Active involvement of the participants through the preparation of case studies reflecting the experience of Candidate countries in the development of the RBMP and the related PoM;
  • Guidance documents related to the WG tasks discussed and clarified.