Do Catchment Management Plans make the Grade?

Posted by DeniseB January 28, 2014 Categories: Latest News

EC legislation requires catchment management plans to be made at the river basin scale to meet the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive. Whether these are River Basin Management Plans, Flood Risk Management Plans or Rural Development Programmes, the European Commission (EC) needs to be sure that these plans comply with the requirements of their parent directives or policies on an EU-wide basis. 

The EC has renewed its contracts with a Europe-wide consortium led by WRc to provide the technical assessment of these EU Member State plans. Over the next 15 months, the WRc-led consortium will support the Commission to update the mechanism Member States use to report information, to assess compliance of River Basin Management Plans and their Programmes of Measures and the Flood Hazard and Risk maps submitted as part of the Flood Risk Management process. WRc will also contribute to the technical review of information provided by Member States where the Commission is investigating potential breaches of the WFD. 

WRc has pioneered the approach to compliance assessment in close cooperation with Commission and the emerging evidence underpins further action to ensure objectives are met and Europe’s water environment continues to support the sustainable development of Europe’s economy. 

For further information contact Ian Codling on 01793 865030 or



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