Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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Elements of Good Practice in Integrated River Basin Management

This document presents the principal outputs of the 'Water Seminar Series', with a focus on integrated river basin management, the central requirement of the WFD. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all aspects of WFD implementation, but rather to provide clear, concise and practical information on the issues listed above.


This Practical Resource document is the result of three open, transparent and participatory seminars — comprising the 'Water Seminar Series'— which brought together hundreds of 'water stakeholders' to discuss approaches and tools for implementation of the European Union Water Framework Directive (WFD). This challenging new legislation entered into force at the end of 2000 and sets out the basis for sustainable use of water resources across Europe. It will affect everyone involved directly or indirectly with water resource management and use in both Member States and EU-Candidate countries alike. The seminars focused on three key issues for WFD implementation:


  1. Water and agriculture
  2. The role of wetlands in river basin management
  3. Good practice in river basin planning

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