Integrated Water Management in the European Union

01-04-2003

The Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC introduced a strategic legislative framework designed to tie together the various strands of water policy and provide a more holistic and integrated approach to water management and conservation. The use of economic instruments within each River Basin, may be appropriate as part of a programme of measures to ensure environmental, economic and social objectives are met cost-effectively. The success of the implementation relies on the will of the Member States to manage their water resources on the basis of the principles laid down in the Water Framework Directive.

The Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC introduced a strategic legislative framework designed to tie together the various strands of water policy and provide a more holistic and integrated approach to water management and conservation. The use of economic instruments within each River Basin, may be appropriate as part of a programme of measures to ensure environmental, economic and social objectives are met cost-effectively. The success of the implementation relies on the will of the Member States to manage their water resources on the basis of the principles laid down in the Water Framework Directive.