The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) is based upon integrated environmental management with the key objectives to prevent any further deterioration of water bodies and to protect and enhance the status of aquatic ecosystems and associated wetlands. It aims to promote sustainable water consumption, and will contribute to mitigating the effects of floods and droughts.
This SCI, Fera and CIWEM Tyne & Humber Branch event focused on business opportunities around achieving compliance with the WFD. The challenges were discussed first, including an overview of the regulations; the Humber River Basin Management Plan and some of the challenges that still need to be addressed to meet the objectives of WFD and the opportunities that they bring; plant protection products; reservoir catchments and river basin management. Opportunities for business, including instrumentation and contamination control were presented in the afternoon.
Available Conference Papers:
Does the Water Framework Directive mean business?
Geoff Bateman, Environment Agency
Implications of article 7 on reservoir catchments
Miles Foulger, Yorkshire Water
The rtRIVERi (Real Time River Integration) project
James Kitson, Yorkshire Water
Good for anything? An assessment of the river basin management planning, and plans for the WFD
David Lerner, University of Sheffield
The water framework directive and its relevance to plant protection products
Melanie Gross, WCA Environment
WFD – are the opportunities sustainable?
Jason Jones, Grontmij
Future instruments – a supplier’s viewpoint
Andrew Wallace, Partech Instruments
Contamination, compliance & control: ‘It’s only going to get tougher’ - exploring dirty challenges and clean solutions
Soren Jensen, Watermaiden