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Title: Guidance on the Development of Typology and Classification Systems for Transitional and Coastal Waters
Author: European Communities
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: Environment Agency Project ID:EAPRJOUT_1332, Representation ID: 440, Object ID: 2508
Abstract:
In May 2001 the Common Implementation Strategy was established. The objective of the Strategy has been to provide support to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive by developing coherent common understanding and guidance on key elements of the Directive. The COAST working group was one of the working groups established within the Strategy. The remit of the group has been to develop a non-legally binding document providing Guidance on the implementation of Annexes II and V in relation to transitional and coastal waters. This Guidance Document has been written over a relatively short period of time. A series of working group meetings were held and attended by technical experts and regulators from European Union Member States, Norway and some Accession States as well as experts representing Non-Governmental Organisations and Stakeholder organisations associated with water and environmental policy. The Guidance is not prescriptive and will need to be adapted to fit local circumstances. It is also recognised that further work is required on the development of classification schemes as classification tools are tested and class boundaries are set. The importance of continued communication between experts from different Member States is emphasised throughout the Guidance especially with respect to typology, reference conditions and classification. The main conclusions and sections Section 6 of this Guidance is a toolbox which contains existing classification schemes and tools that may be suitable for testing by Member States.of the Guidance Document are: 1. Member States should collaborate as soon as possible to start developing a European reference network of high status sites. 2. Section 6 of this Guidance is a toolbox which contains existing classification schemes and tools that may be suitable for testing by Member States. 3. The establishment of the COAST working group has highlighted that communication and collaboration between experts from different Member States is an important and integral part in the implementation of all parts of the Directive.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Subject Keywords: Water Framework DirectiveWater qualityClassificationEstuariesCoastal watersClassification systemsBrackishwater environmentMethodologyRegulationsBiological analysis
Extent: 116
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:4688
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