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Report on Harmonisation of freshwater biological methods

Funded under: FP6-JRC

Abstract

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires (Annex V 1.3.6) that standards methods are used for the monitoring of water quality elements: �Methods used for the monitoring of type parameters shall conform to the international standards listed below or such other national or international standards which will ensure the provision of data of an equivalent scientific quality and comparability�.
In the context of the WFD Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) Intercalibration Working Group (WG), a common issue raised by lake and river experts was the lack of comparability of national biological assessment systems due to different sampling and analytical procedures, and use of different metrics for the assessment of the degree of impact due to the same pressure. This resulted in a strong recommendation from these networks of experts for the harmonisation of these methodologies and the possible identification of common metrics.
Thus, in the workshop of the WFD-CIS Intercalibration WG, in March 2003 at the JRC, Ispra, it was decided to initiate a task on the review of the needs for harmonisation of the freshwater biological methods, under the WFD-CIS WG 2A ECOSTAT. The first contacts and presentation of this activity was at the meeting of the WG 2A in October 2003 at the JRC, Ispra.
The report from this task will support the Geographic Intercalibration Groups (GIGs) in the intercalibration exercise by providing a concise overview of the available methods to be considered as potential candidates for common metrics. This can be applied for the harmonised assessment of the water bodies belonging to the intercalibration network. Furthermore, it identifies the need for the development of new methods or the further harmonisation and standardisation of existing methods and proposes a procedure to link WFD relevant groups with Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) working group elaborating biological and ecological assessment methods.

Additional information

Authors: CARDOSO A C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);SOLIMINI A G, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);PREMAZZI G, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21769 EN (2005), 124 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: jrc-info@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200718953 / Last updated on: 2007-03-16
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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