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CAPANDWFD — Result In Brief

Project ID: 6618
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES
Country: Germany

A holistic approach to sustainability

Different agricultural policies and water policy frameworks can be linked more effectively together in order to promote a more coordinated approach to rural development and sustainability.
A holistic approach to sustainability
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are two legal frameworks that represent the best of EU sustainability legislation, but coordination between them is not always ideal. The EU-funded project 'WFD meets CAP- Opportunities for the future' (CAPANDWFD) reviewed legal requirements of both to identify shortcomings and enhance cooperation mechanisms.

In more specific terms, the project brought stakeholders such as policymakers and researchers together in order to strengthen cooperation between both frameworks. This involved stronger collaboration in the areas of rural development and river basin management, which represents a strong, positive step to increasing sustainability in concerned regions. Moreover, CAPANDWFD increased exchanges of experiences between old and new EU countries, developing policy recommendations for the greater EU and revealing how to integrate WFD objectives into the CAP.

The project achieved its goals by organising a number of meetings to strengthen communication and by organising an international conference. Stakeholders filled out the project's questionnaires to help assemble and analyse information. The conference attracted experts and administrative bodies in the field, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Equally important, the project team produced reports that investigated pressures, impacts and links of the two directives, incorporating policy analysis as well. It also reviewed European rural development programmes, including water pricing and cost recovery in the water sector. The publications and conference results were disseminated in journals, policy briefs and online to streamline policymaking between the two entities and create a more holistic approach to promoting sustainability.

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