Number: 2015/25 - 2016/09 - 2017/13 - 2018/09 - 2019/09 - 2020/12
Terms of Reference
- Report ‘Safeguarding the Water Environment Throughout Europe (SWETE) – Phase I (2015)’
- Report ‘Safeguarding the Water Environment Throughout Europe (SWETE) – Phase II (2016)’
- Report ‘Safeguarding the Water Environment Throughout Europe (SWETE) – Phase III (2017)’
- Report ‘Safeguarding the Water Environment Throughout Europe (SWETE) – Phase IV (2018)’
Project description and aims
Effective water resource management, (both quality and quantity) relies on good forward planning and delivery based on data, information and professional judgement. It is essential that economic growth in each Member State supports planned sustainable water resource protection and utilisation.
Implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is dependent upon good regulatory practice to produce good River Basin Management Plans and to implement the associated Programmes of Measures in a timely and effective way. Major benefits could be achieved by identifying and sharing good regulatory practice available across the EU, using both conventional permits (‘hard’ regulation) and ‘softer’ non-regulatory measures separately or in combination.
The Water Framework Directive requires Member States to manage their water resources at catchment and water body level. This may require new thinking and ways of working in order to achieve the Directive’s requirements.
SWETE part 1 – 3
The initial project workshops will stimulate debate within a small cohort of IMPEL Members:
- about the current state of play,
- identifying where there are examples of good or best practice, ( particularly approaches to monitoring and discharge permitting, statistically derived quality objectives and permit limits, use of statistics in assessing compliance, risk analysis, and measuring ‘success’)
- disucssing where there are clear gaps, and how to proceed to fill them.
The outputs of the Workshops and the Project Report are expected to provide the basis for a larger programme of work to be developed in subsequent years within IMPEL – to develop and promulgate throughout Member States the necessary good practice skills and techniques needed to ensure an effective water regulatory cycle.
As a result of the project:
- IMPEL will have identified existing good WQ regulatory practice, weaknesses and gaps to fill.
- IMPEL will establish a programme to develop and promulgate best practice, initially in water quality and ultimately water resource regulation providing common ownership of regulatory options and approaches to deliver WFD & IED.
- IMPEL Members will share WQ regulation knowledge, efficiencies and linkages across the EU Water Framework Directive Objectives will be more readily achieved by Member States.
- Member States’ Environmental Water Quality Regulators will be closely involved in strategic and local Development Planning decisions, as well as monitoring and reporting environmental water quality and discharges.
SWETE – part 4
Following the three previous parts of the project, SWETE 4 will undertake a forward look exercise to develop proposals for future projects. Drawing on the Implementation Challenges report and perspectives from representatives of the IMPEL leadership team, specific areas to consider are:
- A “blue IRI”
- Compliance actions
- Mining waste (a specific area of interest from the Commission – further details being sought)
- Groundwater quality monitoring
The project will further consider how the knowledge sharing portal on basecamp might be expanded (or whether a different vehicle is needed) to meet the aspirations set out in the “IMPEL – the next generation” document.
- Best practice resources for priority technical areas.
- Creation of a community of practitioners in these areas.
- Building and further developing the IMPEL Land and Water network.
- Web based framework to host learning material for the W+L community
- Forward look of priority work areas and pipeline of projects
- Alignment of focus of L+W expert team to Implementation Challenges feedback and direction of travel set out in “IMPEL – the next generation”.
Lead country and contact