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  • BRIDGE provides thresholds for EU Water Framework Directive

    The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) defines chemical status objectives for groundwater and related monitoring obligations but does not yet provide criteria to assess chemical status compliance. Now researchers from EU project BRIDGE (Background Criteria for the Identification of Groundwater Thresholds) have investigated 14 representative bodies of groundwater and developed thresholds that can ...

  • DHI first in EU to define `supplementary measures` sensu the EU Water Framework Directive

    The Danish Spatial and Environmental Planning Agency (BLST) has published a report, which suggests that restoration of boulder reefs in coastal waters, a protected habitat type under the EC Habitats Directive, could also serve as a ‘supplementary measure’ and hence support implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. The title of the report is 'Stenrev i Limfjorden: Fra naturgenopretning ...


  • Better integration of temporary rivers into the Water Framework Directive

    Improvements to EU water policy have been proposed in a recent study, to help ensure that temporary rivers and streams in the Mediterranean are adequately protected in line with the goals of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The researchers suggest new classifications for river types, and highlight the importance of distinguishing between natural and human-derived causes of intermittent water ...

  • More Talks on the Water Framework Directive – Rainwater Tanks Helping Farmers

    Farming Life details how the UFU environment chairman and senior policy officer recently attended a meeting of the European Commission Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Working Group on Agriculture. Although somewhat of a mouthful, the meeting took place at Greenmount College and represented the UFU and COPA groups. Attended by representatives from all EU member states, the group ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Atkins appointed to marine framework

    Scottish Water has appointed engineering design consultancy Atkins to its marine survey services framework. The framework, which is worth up to £5 million and runs initially for two years with scope to be extended to eight, has been developed as part of Scottish Water’s efforts to address changes in legislation, including the Water Framework Directive. It has been designed to support water ...


    By Atkins

  • Joint paper on the Action for Biodiversity in the EU and the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives

    BatLife Europe, BirdLife Europe, Buglife-The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation Europe, CEEweb for Biodiversity, ClientEarth, EUROPARC Federation, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC), European Natural Heritage Foundation (Euronatur), Eurosite, Fern, Friends of the Earth Europe, Oceana, International Mire Conservation Group ...


    By Wetlands International

  • EU reaches agreement on Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law

    Within the EU Council and under the co-decision procedure with the European Parliament, the Slovenian Presidency has succeeded in reaching agreement at first reading on the Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law. “The adoption of the Directive is a great success for the Slovenian Presidency, as well as for the Member States and the European Parliament. Consensus on ...

  • EU Council on Soil Protection

    The presidency briefed the Council on progress concerning the draft directive establishing a framework for the protection of soil, as set out in its report (7100/10). The European Parliament delivered its opinion at first reading in November 2007 (14979/07); theCouncil has not yet reached political agreement on this dossier. Several delegations regretted this fact and expressed the need for an ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • EU bathing water quality remains high

    Clean bathing waters are vital for key economic sectors such as tourism and for plant and animal life. The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency shows that 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 90 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards in 2009. It also describes where to obtain detailed and up-to-date ...

  • Bathing water quality in the EU remains high

    The annual bathing water report presented this week by the European Commission reveals that the large majority of bathing sites across the European Union met EU hygiene standards in 2007. Some 95% of coastal bathing areas and 89% of bathing sites in rivers and lakes comply with the mandatory standards. The report provides useful water quality information for the millions of people who visit ...

  • Soil management in China and the EU

    Following rapid urbanisation, management of contaminated soil has become a political priority in China. In this study, researchers reviewed the current system in China as compared to Europe and provide recommendations for the sustainable management of soil. China’s rapid economic growth, and the accompanied urbanisation, has come at a considerable cost to the environment. In the late 1990s, ...

  • Determining the good status of groundwater in the EU

    Groundwater standards in Member States are to be established by the end of 2008, according to the European Union's new Groundwater Directive. Recent research has developed a new method to determine the chemical status of groundwater which is applicable across the EU. This procedure has been assessed by testing the quality of the groundwater of the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany, Switzerland and ...

  • What next for biodiversity protection in the EU?

    The European Commission marked the opening of the International Year of Biodiversity with a paper setting out future options for biodiversity policy. Despite past efforts, species extinctions are continuing at alarming rates, and a new vision is required to halt these losses. The Communication sets out a vision and outlines four possible targets to reach it, with different levels of ambition. The ...

  • Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

    What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a chemical element and therefore indestructible. ...

  • Report on the implementation of EU water legislation: there is progress, but still work to do

    The first Communication and the two reports published today by the new Commission show how water policies can be a source of green and blue economic growth, with water management technologies at the heart of eco-innovation. The EU Water Framework Directive sets a framework at European level that aims to ensure clean water in sufficient quantities for people and nature, and for use in economic ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • EU puts into action plans for controlling nitrogen pollution in water

    European policy directives set ambitious targets for controlling nitrogen pollution. Effects of policy measures implemented in Denmark suggest that substantial improvements to water quality are possible through changes in farm management practices, without negative impacts on agricultural performance. Nitrogen pollution of water systems poses a significant problem in Western Europe. Despite ...

  • More than half of EU surface waters below ‘good’ ecological status

    Water pollution and physical modifications are still affecting the ecology of many of Europe’s lakes, rivers, transitional water bodies and coastal waters. These problems are likely to prevent the water bodies reaching ‘good’ status by 2015, a target set by the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD). The report, ‘ ...

  • Role of the EU Industry to lead the green economy

    When I was approached to give my patronage to the Industrial GreenTec Fair, I was of course honoured and immediately agreed. First of all I saw it as an opportunity to highlight the contribution of environmental protection to industrial development. But then I also realised that I should also draw attention to the enormous opportunity that EU industry has to play the role of the global leader in ...

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Rio+20 agreement - a modest step in the right direction

    At last week’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, delegates did not agree to any ambitious treaties or deadlines for dealing with pressing issues such as climate change, food and water scarcity. However, there were many positive signs for the future global environment. On Friday 22 June, heads of state and government signed an agreement on sustainable development called ‘The ...

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