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During the 2001/2002 Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) a series of Guidance Documents (GDs) concerning all major aspects of its implementation were developed by Working Groups (WG) including representatives of Member States (MS), Accession Countries, National experts and the European Commission.
In order to test and cross validate these GDs, a network of Pilot River Basins (PRBs) has been established. It was foreseen that such a network would contribute to the implementation of the WFD directive, leading in the long-term to the development of River Basin Management Plans. Several countries have proposed river basins and associated coastal zones within their territory taking into account the following objectives:
- Cover the maximum number of Ecoregions
- Commitment and resources for testing the GDs in this voluntary exercise
- Participation of local, regional and national competent authorities, i.e. water management administrations
- Active involvement of NGOs and stakeholders.
- Dealing with the maximum number of pressures and environmental problems
- Include transboundary river basins with all the involved partners
- Representative of the data availability in MS.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21517 EN (2005), 88 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-8979-0
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