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    • RBMP workshop Environmental Objectives- Article 4.7 Bonn 8-9 May 2006 Gilles Crosnier Gilles.crosnier@cec.eu.int European Commission, DG Environment Unit D.2 – Water and Marine, WFD Team 1 Gilles CROSNIER
    • General Process • Paper on environmental objectives endorsed by the Water Directors in June 2005 • Agreement by the Water Directors in December 2006 to start a new activity on WFD Article 4.7, then to continue with other exemptions cases • Ongoing work on 4.7 (DG meeting on 24 March and 9 June) 2 Gilles CROSNIER
    • Key messages from the environmental objectives paper (1) • Socio-economic considerations should be taken into account in exemptions and CEA, not when defining status class boundaries • Exemptions are integral part of objectives/planning and should be used to prioritise actions in river basins and programmes of measures • Exemptions could be applied in a stepwise approach (figure 1) 3 Gilles CROSNIER
    • Yes Objective of good status by 2015 Can good status be achieved by 2015? Key messages (2) No Except for those dependent on the timescale of Yes natural processes, can the improvements Objective of good status as soon as necessary to enable good status to be achieved natural conditions permit after 2015 be made by 2015? No Objective of good status by 2021 or Can good status be achieved before 2021 or can all planning 1st cycle Yes as soon as natural conditions permit the necessary improvements be made by 2021 after 2021 except for those dependent on natural processes? No Can good status be achieved before 2027 or can Objective of good status by 2027 or Yes all the necessary improvements be made by 2027 as soon as natural conditions permit except for those dependent on natural processes? after 2027 No Set a less stringent objective Less stringent objective by 2015 Yes Can we move closer to, or Review less stringent Good status or new less 2nd cycle planning achieve, good status before 2021? objective by 2015 stringent objective by 2021 No Maintain previous less stringent objective for 2021 If a less stringent objective was Yes Can we move closer to, or achieve, Good status or new less set in previous plan, review again planning 3rd cycle good status before 2027? stringent objective by 2027 by 2021 No 4 Gilles CROSNIER Maintain previous less stringent objective for 2027
    • Key messages from the env. objectives paper (2) • “less stringent objective” represents the nearest quality one can get to “good status” • A harmonised, comparable and transparent approach for the application of the exemptions and the CEA should be carried out within RBD • The appropriate scale of application of assessments may be different for different issues 5 Gilles CROSNIER
    • Key messages from the env. objectives paper (3) • Step 1 (2004-2006): EU harmonisation of criteria for status assessment • Step 2 (2005-2009): Evaluation of the most cost-effective measures and public consultation • Step 3 (2007 onwards): monitoring of water quality • Step 4 (2008-2009): set objectives including, if necessary and appropriate, application of exemptions following public participation 6 Gilles CROSNIER
    • Article 4.7- key concepts • Mitigation • Overriding public interest • Comparing costs and benefits • Alternative solutions 7 Gilles CROSNIER
    • Article 4.7- key questions (1) • Timing of application? • What kind of modifications, alterations and activities are concerned? • What is considered as a deterioration of status and potential? • Does it apply to temporary effects? • Does it apply to small-size projects? • Does it apply to plans and programmes? 8 Gilles CROSNIER
    • Article 4.7- key questions (2) • How are the effects on the water body’s status assessed? • What are new sustainable human development activities? • Can 4.7 be applied to all the WB affected by a new modification? • Can 4.7 be applied to protected areas? 9 Gilles CROSNIER
    • Article 4.7- links with RBMP • Baseline for 4.7 • Reporting the use of 4.7 exemptions in the RBMP • 4.7 and the designation of HMWB 10 Gilles CROSNIER