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WFD River Basin Specific Pollutants

Workshop on WFD River Basin Specific Pollutants - Selection and Monitoring
in EU Member States
10-11 June 2010 - Stresa, Italy

This workshop was organised jointly by JRC-IES and NORMAN, as a follow-up to the 2006 Stresa conference: Emerging Environmental Pollutants: Key Issues and Challenges.

The objective of this highly interactive event – attended by representatives from 27 Member States (MS) and DG ENV – was to provide a common forum for MS and interested groups to present, discuss and streamline their approaches to identifying and monitoring river basin-specific pollutants (RBSP) in the context of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Particular attention was paid to the prioritisation and monitoring of less investigated, so-called “emerging contaminants” for which the process of selection is hampered by the current lack of, and poor access to, relevant data.

Before the workshop a questionnaire was sent to all MS plus Norway and Switzerland to gather information about the procedure for selection of RBSP in the various countries and the main difficulties encountered in the process. Answers were received from 27 countries.

After an overview of Member States' responses, with short presentations by Austria (Danube), Germany (Rhine), UK and France on their particular experiences, the discussion was organised into four thematic working sessions: data availability and data accessibility; RBSP identification; RBSP selection and RBSP monitoring. Each thematic working session consisted of some short introductory presentations followed by a facilitated discussion in (table) groups on a prepared set of questions. Each table group's responses to the questions and overall feedback on each topic were then presented to all participants in a short wrap-up session.

The oral presentations and the Workshop Program can be downloaded as pdf files and are also available on CIRCA (on the website of DG ENV). The questionnaires and the outcomes of the various working sessions will be compiled in a WORKSHOP REPORT(2875 kB) to be published on this website and on CIRCA by the end of the year.







Thursday June 10 - Thurday morning

Thursday afternoon

Friday June 11 - Friday morning

Friday afternoon

  • Wrap-up of thematic working sessions
  • Drafting of outcome – Identification of follow-up actions


Thursday, 10 June 2010 to Friday, 11 June 2010