Ms Heide Jekel, born 1961, is Head of the Division „Cooperation in International River Basins, Freshwater Management Conventions, International Freshwater Protection Law“. She represents Germany in six international river basin commissions and several bilateral water commissions. After having graduated in law Ms Jekel had started her professional career in the district government in Coblence and the environment ministry of the German federal state Rhineland-Palatinate. Since 1994 she has worked in the Federal Environment Ministry, first dealing with legal issues concerning the final disposal of radioactive waste, then as environment attaché in the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels, inter alia during the German EU Presidency in the first half of 1999. Afterwards she has worked several years in the water law division, e.g. transposing the EC Water Framework Directive into national federal law.
EU Water Policy and Biodiversity are closely interlinked. Is that reflected in practical terms, e.g. with regard to land use, one of the crucial challenges?