ECRAN Multi-beneficiary Workshop “Actions toward the WFD good status - results, case studies and challenges”

Date: 11-13.07.2016
Place: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The intent of the last planned workshop is to provide an open forum for consideration and revision of practical approaches and concepts, methodologies, screening templates and reporting schemes, discussions of countries inputs, implementation needs and challenges, to reach water good status, presentations and exchange of experience on issues relevant for producing the PoM for Drina River Basin.

As for the preparation of the Drina RBM Plan all beneficiary countries have contributed with case studies or lessons learned from ongoing similar projects, the WM WG jointly prepared a final report which will be presented at the workshop.

The whole process of river basin management planning includes the preparation of programmes of measures at basin level for achieving the environmental objectives of the Water Framework Directive cost-effectively. The planning, implementation and evaluation of the programme of measures is an iterative process that will include the river basin management plan of several cycles (2021, 2027, ..). Therefore, the main focus of the last workshop discussion will be on the future implementation challenges to implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and associated commitments under other EU directives.

The workshop will also consider potential challenges posed not just by financing, institutional or policy changes, climate and environmental changes, but also by societal needs. Building on these, it highlights research needs and key responses that may assist in tackling these challenges. At present, some responses may allow us to encourage engaging with stakeholders to develop scenarios and explore barriers to the implementation of strategies at national and catchment scales. The benefits of strengthening the technical capacity of the workshop participants shall be maximised through the training and exchange of experience offered by TAIEX assistance to the ECRAN project beneficiaries.

General Objective

To discuss the implementation challenges and explore barriers to implementation of the WFD together with all relevant needed actions and steps to full compliance with the WFD and reaching good water status in the beneficiaries’ countries.

Expected Results of the workshop

The expected results are:

  • Improved understanding of the topics, barriers, challenges and tasks, and related responsibilities for WFD implementation;
  • Exchange of experience and knowledge significantly improved;
  • Active involvement of the participants through the preparation of case studies and the RBM plan.