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Activities of the CIS Working Group on groundwater

The CIS Working Group on groundwater

EU Member States, Norway and the European Commission have jointly developed a common strategy for supporting the implementation of the 2000/60/EC that establishes a framework for EU action in the field of water policy (hereafter referred to as the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The main aim of this strategy is to ensure the coherent and harmonious implementation of the directive. The objective of the strategy is to clarify a number of methodological questions related to reaching a common understanding of the technical and scientific implications of the Water Framework Directive.

Within this framework a technical Working Group on Groundwater was established. The aim of the Working Group is on implementing the Groundwater Directive and the groundwater elements of the WFD in particular the monitoring and preparation of the first River Basin Management Plan. In order to fulfill this aim the group exchanges information and experience on groundwater issues related to the WFD (e.g. characterization, risk assessment, monitoring, chemical status and trends, programmes of measures etc.). The members of the working group share information via different means such as workshops, technical reports and guidance documents which gather participants’ experience. The working group already published a significant number of guidance documents and technical reports (see links below) contributing to the implementation of the EU water legislation.

All the documents related to the work of the CIS Working Group on Groundwater are publicly available.

Guidance Documents

The CIS Working Group on groundwater published the following guidance documents:

  • Guidance Document on Risk Assessment and the Use of Conceptual Models (No 26)
  • Guidance Document on Groundwater Status and Trend Assessment (No 18)
  • Guidance Document on Direct and indirect inputs in the light of the Directive 2006/118/EC (No 17)
  • Guidance Document on Groundwater in Drinking Water Protected Areas (No 16)
  • Guidance Document on Groundwater Monitoring (No 15)

Technical Reports

The CIS Working Group on groundwater worked out the following technical reports:

  • Technical Report on the Recommendations for the Review of Annexes I- II of the Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC (No 7)
  • Technical Report on Groundwater Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems (No 6)
  • Technical Report on Groundwater Management in the Mediterranean (No 5)
  • Technical Report on Groundwater Risk Assessment (No 4)
  • Technical Report on Groundwater Monitoring (No 3)
  • Technical Report on Groundwater Characterization (No 2)
  • Technical Report on Groundwater Trends (No 1)