WFD - Program of Measures Basic and Supplementary measures and their anticipated effects

Date: 15-17.02.2016
Place: Podgorica, Montenegro
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The assistance in preparing the Program of measures as part of the development of the River Basin Management Plan, in line with the Water Framework Directive continued with additional steps, based on the agreed 4 phases methodology, and related packages of actions and activities needed for their implementation.

Phases 1 and 2 have been already implemented through the assistance and contributions of all beneficiary countries. The phases 3 and part of phase 4 have been planned to be implemented at the 5th and 6th Screening workshops organized in 2015.

The remaining tasks of the project will be implemented in 2016. The final outcome of the first task of the Water Management Working Group, respectively the task 2.3.3 “Assistance in the development of transboundary river basin management plans” would be the draft Program of Measures or Drina River Basin, concluded through the contributions from the Drina countries but discussed and agreed by all ECRAN beneficiary countries.

Throughout practical work (filling screening templates and country assessments) participants gained an experience and received recommendation on general approach and issues to be considered in initial phase of the preparation of PoMs.

Following the approved work plan, the WM WG discussed the methodology for drafting the Drina RBM Plan and its Program of Measures and investigated the needs of specific components in terms of background documents, screening templates assessments, training or workshops.

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 the list of basic and supplementary measures, the establishment of environmental objectives, the identification of the appropriate assumptions, and selection of scenarios for assessing the anticipated effects of the PoM;
  • Guidance documents related to the WG tasks discussed and clarified.