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5th Nordic WFD conference and workshop

The 5th Nordic WFD conference was focused on coastal waters, effectiveness of measures, ICT-solutions and classification of fresh water systems as steps for further cooperation to harmonize the implementation of the Water Directive in the Nordic countries.

There were 75 participants from Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. In addition, invited speakers from the Joint Research Center, the WISER project, Ireland and Scotland gave valuable contribution to this event in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The conference and workgroups gave mutual benefits on the development of management tools and practice between the Nordic countries in the European WFD work. The scientific and management discussions in combination with a social program support further cooperation and contacts to improve the WFD implementatio.


Presentations and summaries from the 5th Nordic WFD conference and workshops:

Pictures from the meetings and excursion


Similar water challenges
Acknowledging the work done within the EU context by different working groups, still a lot have to be done by the member states. Basically there are also several advantages in promoting a similar development of e.g. different classification systems and analyses for the Nordic countries. Realizing the expectations, the Nordic countries have established a forum for exchange of experience, since many of our water bodies are of similar types as in the other countries.

The Nordic collaboration project on WFD implementation have initiated and enhanced a more widespread knowledge exchange between water managers and aquatic scientist in the Nordic countries on common water issues related to the implementation of the WFD. This was the 5th workshop in the series, extending the scope also to priority substances and more focus on modelling tools than previous gatherings. Finland took responsibility for hosting an next workshop, probably in winter 2014.

Previous conferences and meetings:
The Nordic countries - Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway – have joined forces to harmonize the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the Nordic countries. This Nordic exchange of experiences started in 2006. Summaries of previous events can be seen here.

Publisert: 28. mai 2015 Sist oppdatert: 17. juni 2015