The implementation of the Water Framework Directive raises a number of shared technical challenges for the Member States, the Commission, the Candidate and EEA Countries as well as stakeholders and NGOs. In addition, many of the European river basins are international, crossing administrative and territorial borders and therefore a common understanding and approach is crucial to the successful and effective implementation of the Directive.
In order to address the challenges in a co-operative and coordinated way, the Member States, Norway and the Commission agreed on a Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the Water Framework Directive only five months after the entry into force of the Directive.
The results of this work, for instance guidance documents, resource documents or key events related to different aspects of the implementation is available on CIRCA, and Thematic CIS information sheets [Hyperlink to new heading att he bottom] are available giving an overview with direct links to key documents available.
More details on the overall concept, the numerous activities and the mandates of the Working Groups under the Common Implementation Strategy are given in the Work programmes informally agreed by EU Water Directors (available for download in pdf format, ~ 0,9 to 1,5 MB):
In addition, the newly adopted Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks shall be closely coordinated with the Water Framework Directive. The Common Implementation Strategy therefore also supports the implementation of the Floods Directive, through Working group F on Floods. More details on the work programme and mandate of that Working group is given in the following agreed informal document :
Find some more details, in particular about:
The documents which are prepared in the context of the Common Implementation Strategy and many other useful documents are available on a specific information exchange platform which was set up for this process, the so-called WFD CIRCA Interest Group "Implementing the Water Framework Directive".
The following thematic information sheets are available on CIRCABC, providing more information and resource material publicly available on a variety of subject(s) :
Topic n°1 : River Basin Management
Topic n°2 : Reporting and WISE (Water Information System for Europe)
Topic n°3 : Ecological Status
Topic n°4 : Groundwater
Topic n°5 : Chemical Aspects
Topic n°6 : Flood Risk Management
Topic n°7 : Climate Change and Water
Topic n°8 : Water Scarcity and drought
Topic n°9 : Agriculture and Water
Topic n°10 : Biodiversity and water
Topic n°11 : Hydromorphology
Topic n°12 : Economic Issues
Topic n°13: Water Science-Policy Interface