18 Dec 2014

Joint Water Framework Directive seminar with Roskilde University successfully conducted

The seminar – held on 12 November, 2014 at Roskilde University – addressed the challenges of complying with the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) for water planning in Denmark.

A major challenge for water managers throughout the European Union (EU) – including Denmark – is satisfying the requirements of the European WFD in order to attain ‘good ecological status’. WFD requirements related to river basin planning have led to the development of a number of measures to reduce nutrient loads in Danish streams. 

These include general measures that restrict nutrient sources, the use of buffer zones, and local interventions such as river restoration, drainage control and introduction of wetlands. However, several challenges exist, including:
  • determining where to deploy these measures to obtain the greatest effect at the lowest cost
  • maintaining Denmark’s position as an agricultural exporting nation in a competitive market while ensuring suitably high productivity
  • taking into account climate adaptation plans and climate mitigation (reducing CO2 emissions)
  • ensuring sustainable water supply for domestic and industrial use
  • protecting groundwater quality
To identify the challenges associated with complying with the WFD in Denmark, the joint seminar brought together more than 50 people from 12 local councils, regional authorities, government bodies and water consultancies. The seminar included an overview of the current state of water planning as well as a broad range of presentations highlighting practical applications and research projects.

Attendants shared their latest initiatives in water planning for rivers, lakes and fjords in Denmark with particular focus on the area around Roskilde and Ise Fjords. In addition, participants discussed possible approaches as well as research needs for the optimal use of existing and new measures in water planning. The day concluded with an informal discussion and brainstorming session on future coordination of projects between water authorities and the need for further data, research and tools.

The seminar was very well received. Participants expressed enthusiasm and satisfaction with the programme and the opportunity to learn about:
  • initiatives by the councils and government bodies
  • the latest research work undertaken by research institutions
‘Super seminar with lots of technical topics across and between many players and stakeholders’, said one participant.

Seminar in progress