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1 Assessment of the results of the Water Framework Directive Based on the second snapshot report by the EEB and WWF

2 Content Introduction Quality of WFD transposition Quality of WFD implementation Conclusions and way forward

3 Introduction Who s who? Why a snapshot report? Status of the report.

4 Who s who?

5 Why a snapshot report? WFD = cornerstone NGO s support WFD Keep a close eye on transposition and implementation

6 Status of the snapshot report Information from NGO s soft evidence General conclusions and suggestions

7 Quality of Water Framework Directive transposition General objective: good ecological status Prevention of further status deterioration Competent authorities Public participation

8 Good ecological status

9 Prevention of deterioration

10 Competent authorities

11 Public participation

12 Quality of Water Framework Directive implementation Public Participation in practice First analyses and characterisation of River Basin Districts Intercalibration

13 Public Participation in practice Attitude is improving Real public participation = pro-active Many countries still long way to go

14 Public Participation in practice

15 Analyses and characterisation Involvement NGO s problematic Difficult making an assessment Capacity problem Economic analysis Importance Problems: evironmental costs, costeffectiveness

16 Intercalibration Making the national assessment systems comparable and consistent Low NGO involvement Transparancy problem (improving) Where are the fish?

17 Conclusions and the way forward High expectations Quality of transposition and implementation is low Insufficient NGO capacity Governments reluctant to value NGO participation

18 High expectations NGO s have high expectations Member states should Improve management of expectations Explain socio-economic benefits

19 Quality of transposition and implementation is low Minimalist legal approach Member states should Make further progress in PP Create a sense of urgency Increase investments in WFD

20 Insufficient NGO capacity NGO s could help, but lack capacity Member states should Increase information Increase funding Especially in regions with a structurally low level of civil society organisation

21 Governments reluctant to value NGO participation Technical exercices or open management? PP is crucial for succes of WFD Member states should Train staff to deal with non-technical aspects of their work

22 Wim Van Gils water policy officer Bond Beter Leefmilieu Vlaanderen Tweekerkenstraat Brussel (+32) (0)2/

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