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Workshop “New experience in implementation of Article 4.7 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the Danube Region”

Posted by Andrea Vranovska, Monday, 23rd July 2018 @ 9:13 am

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) Priority Area 4 “to restore and maintain the quality of waters” (PA4)  and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) are jointly organizing the workshop “New experience in implementation of Article 4.7 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the Danube Region”.

The one-day event will take place on 12th September 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

Background:

Within the Common Implementation Strategy for the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive, the Guidance Document No. 36 on “Exemptions to the Environmental Objectives according to Article 4(7) Water Framework Directive (WFD)” was endorsed by EU Water Directors at their meeting in December 2017. The document focuses on new modifications to the physical characteristics of surface water bodies, alterations to the level of groundwater, or new sustainable human development activities. In order to determine whether Article 4(7) WFD tests need to be applied, a checklist using a four-step approach to establishing project level WFD compliance has been developed by JASPERS. The tool is currently being tested on concrete cases, with a view to widen its application on project preparation assistance and future training activities.

Objectives and expected outcomes:

The workshop will provide a platform to discuss experiences and challenges with the implementation of Article 4(7) WFD in EU Member States of the Danube River Basin. Session 1 will provide an overview of the Guidance document as well as a presentation of the JASPERS checklist tool. Methodological aspects as well as concrete examples and case studies related to Article 4(7) WFD implementation will be presented in session 2. Session 3 is dedicated to focused discussion of Article 4(7) WFD implementation in different sectors such as hydropower, flood protection, navigation and infrastructure projects. Taking into account results of Workshop discussions, conclusions and recommendations will be drawn in order to further support the practical knowledge and application of Article 4(7) WFD.

Second announcement

The presentations are availbale below. 

Agenda

08.30 – 09.30 Registration of participants 

09.30 – 10.00  Opening Session -  Welcome speeches by EUSDR PA4, ICPDR, NC SK EUSDR

10.00 – 11.00  Session 1: State of play on the EU level – the new CIS Guidance on “Exemptions to the Environmental Objectives according to the Article 4(7) WFD” and the JASPERS checklist tool

                        Moderated by: Vladimír Novák, PAC4, Slovakia

Raimund Mair, DG ENVIRO: CIS Guidance 36 “Exemptions to the Environmental Objectives according to Article 4(7) WFD“

10.00 – 10.30  Ismini Kyriazopoulou, JASPERS:  JASPERS checklist tool

10.30 – 11.00  Discussion

11.00 – 11.20 Coffee Break

11.20 – 13.00 Session 2: Experience and challenges related to the Article 4(7) WFD implementation

                        Moderated by: Balázs Horváth, PAC4, Hungary

11.20 – 11.50  Anna Gaálová; MoE SR, Slovakia: Transposition of the Article 4(7) WFD into the Slovak legislation

11.50 – 12.20  Jana Gajdová, Ľuboslava Garajová, WRI, Slovakia: Implementation approaches resulting from requirements of the Article 4(7) WFD in the Slovak Republic

12.20 -12.50    Veronika Koller-Kreimel, FMST, Austria: Experience and challenges related to the Art. 4(7) WFD implementation in Austria

12.50 – 13.00 Discussion

13.00– 14.00   Lunch break

14.00 – 15.50 Session 2: Experience and challenges related to the Article 4(7) WFD implementation – continuation

Moderated by: Cristian Rusu, Apele Romane, Romania

14.00 – 14.30 Balázs Horváth, DGWM, Hungary: Implementation of WFD Art 4.7 in Hungary

14.30 – 15.00 Darko Barbalić, CW, Croatia:  Croatian experience and challenges related to the Article 4(7) WFD implementation

15.00 – 15.30  Sebastian Döbbelt-Grüne, Planungsbüro Koenzen, Germany: Assessment of deterioration according to the Art 4(7) WFD – Experiences from practical cases in Germany

15.30 – 15.50 Discussion

15.50 – 16.10 Coffee Break

16.10 - 18.15   Session 3:  Examples and case studies related to the Article 4(7) WFD implementation in different sectors; challenges and recommendations

                        Moderated by: Dejan Trifunovič, Danube Commission

                         A/ Hydropower

16.10 – 16.30  Veronika Koller-Kreimel, FMST, Austria: Requirements and decision support tools regarding the Art. (7) test for new hydropower projects

                        B/ Flood Protection

16.30 – 17.00  Peter Čadek, SWME, Slovakia: Reparation, maintenance and reconstruction of waterworks from the viewpoint of the Article 4 (7) WFD implementation

                        C/ Infrastructure projects

17.00 – 17.30  NMC, Slovakia: Examples and case studies related to the Article 4(7) WFD implementation in the field of highway and motorway construction   (Slovak version)

                         D/Navigation

17.30 – 18.00  Cristian Rusu, Apele Romane, Romania: Application of the art. 4.7 for coastal water bodies within the project on reducing coastal erosion in Romania

 18.00– 18.15   Discussion

 18.15 – 18.30 Conclusions and Recommendations