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Hydromorphological Measures under the Floods and Water Framework Directives "Finding synergies and addressing challenges"

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Hydromorphological Measures under the Floods and Water Framework Directives "Finding synergies and addressing challenges"

Background paper with conclusions from the workshop 4/5.12.2018 Budapest/Hungary

As hydromorphological aspects between the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive refer to the same fluvial processes, the issue of hydromorphology and flooding has been addressed several times within the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) process. In this context, a workshop on hydromorphological measures under the Floods and Water Framework Directives – "Finding synergies and addressing challenges" took place on 4-5 December 2018, in Budapest (Hungary). After the workshop, this background paper was updated to include conclusions from the meeting. The background paper is available online.

The workshop's discussions evolved around:

  • The potential for implementation of restoration/mitigation measures to achieve WFD good ecological status, or good ecological potential, at water bodies where hydromorphology is impacted by existing flood risk management measures, and
  • Impacts of new flood protection measures on hydromorphology modifications and related assessments under the WFD.

The ultimate objective was to increase the appreciation, amongst the experts of the working group ECOSTAT (ecological status) and the working group Floods, of the challenges encountered and the synergies that can be achieved, towards integrated water management.

Prior to the workshop, a background paper was prepared and circulated to participants providing background information on the topic and suggesting questions for discussion. After the workshop, the background paper was updated to include conclusions from the meeting. The background paper is available online.


Citation

Dworak, Thomas & Kampa, Eleftheria (2019). Workshop on hydro-morphological measures under the Floods and Water Framework Directives “Finding synergies and addressing challenges”. Background paper with conclusions from the workshop 4/5.12.2018 Budapest/Hungary.

Language
English
Author(s)
Thomas Dworak (Fresh Thoughts)
Funding
Year
2019
Dimension
31 pp.
Project ID
2626-02
Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 Relevant CIS process related to the topic of the workshop
1.3 Relevant links between the two Directives in the context of hydromorphology
1.4 Lessons learned on coordination between the FD and WFD Directives
1.5 Aim of the workshop
1.6 Audience for the document
2 Effects of measures related to hydromorphology on status
3 Restoration/mitigation measures for the achievement of good ecological status/potential and potential effects on flood protection
3.1 Types of restoration and mitigation measures for achieving GES/GEP
3.2 Positive impacts of restoration and mitigation measures on the level of flood protection
3.3 Significant adverse effects of mitigation measures
3.4 Draft questions for discussion at the workshop
4 Effects of new hydromorphological modifications due to flood protection and WFD related assessments
4.1 Identified need for new flood protection measures
4.2 Approach to assess the potential impacts of new flood protection measures
4.3 Draft questions for discussion at the workshop
5 Conclusion from the workshop
6 Annex 1: Case Studies
6.1 Combined solutions for reducing risk of flooding and improving water quality, biodiversity with added value for land use, recreation and urban planning in the Meuse and Rhine RBDs, Netherlands
6.2 Case Noorwaard, implementation of restauration measures, Netherlands
6.3 Hijar river restoration project, Spain
6.4 River Development and Risk Management Concept, Austria
6.5 Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) measures’ impact evaluation for the assessment of Art. 4(7), Italy

Keywords
Floods Directive, Water Framework Directive, WFD, Hydromorphological measures, Europe, Meuse, Rhine, Netherlands, Noorwaard, Hijar river, Spain, Austria, Italy