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Water Framework Directive Factsheet
Pilot Action:  Intercalibration for the EU Water Framework Directive

Scope:  The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) was adopted in 2000 to establiswh a framework for the protection of inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater.  Significant gaps still exist despite two intercalibration phases for coastal and transitional waters.  Comparable environmental assessments are of crucial importance for industry to receive equal treatment on environmental sustainability criteria.


This collaborative project funded through the JPI Oceans Pilot Actions scheme set out to:

  • Test new mechanisms for joint funding from environmental authorities of nine countries, surpassing traditional models of joint calls, resulting in harmonisation and strengthening of scientific basis for cooperation;

  • Find experienced scientific expert leads to perform the required analyses in the most cost-efficient way for phytoplankton and benthic invertebrated fauna;

  • Reduce fragmentation of calculation efforts and increase experience with joint data compilation and analysis; and

  • Enable long-term dialogue between environmental authorities and the scientific community to solve remaining scientific challenges jointly.


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