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The 5th Nordic WFD conference and workshop

Reykjavik (Iceland), 26.-28. September 2012

The 5th Nordic WFD gathering will be hosted by Environment Agency of Iceland, with Heiðrún Guðmundsdóttir as the contact person. The 5th Nordic Conference on WFD will start at Wednesday the 26 September and will be followed by a workshop 27 and 28 September until lunch for a invited participants.

The conference will focus on the status of the WFD implementation in the Nordic countries. Relevance of experiences and lessons learned for Nordic water managers gained from other countries on the British Islands will also be presented here.

The aims of the conference are to exchange experiences and discuss mutual challenges of major importance for Nordic water management for the implementation of WFD.

Some features enhancing Nordic collaboration on water issues in a European context:

  • Large rural areas with lots of water bodies and few monitoring data
  • Sub-arctic climate and partly same species composition, water types and pressures
  • Comparable management systems and traditions
  • Largest lake and coastal areas
  • Hydropower an important source for electricity supply
  • Common pressures and impacts regarding water management issues

The Nordic countries - Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway – have joined forces to harmonize the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the Nordic countries. This Nordic exchange of experiences started in 2006 . Summaries of previous events can be seen here.

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