Training Workshop on Surface Waters Impress

Apri, 2016-. On 11 – 15 April 2016 the project Consortium provided a training workshop on surface waters IMPRESS. There were presentations, panel discussions, and round tables about concepts related with IMPRESS on surface waters bodies, the relationship between driver-pressure-state-impact-risk-response, IMPRESS experiences on different European countries, and IMPRESS methodology, with a lot of practical examples. Trainers came from Spain (Madrid, Cataluña and Murcia) and Portugal.

Article 5 of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/CE (WFD) requires, among other things, a review of the impact of human activity on the status of surface waters and groundwater (IMPRESS).

Pressures and impacts analysis has a central role in the river basin management planning process. The principal aim is to identify what human activities generate risk of not achieve the Directive’s environmental objectives per every water body.

The article 5 of the WFD ask for each Member State to develop for each river basin a:

Review of human impacts
Economic analysis of water use

The review of human impacts shall be made for the following types of pressures:

- point source pollution from urban, industrial, agricultural and other installations and activities and, in particular by substances listed in Annex VIII.
- water abstraction for urban, industrial, agricultural and other uses, including seasonal variations and total annual demand, and of loss of water in distribution systems.
- water flow regulation, including water transfer and diversion, on overall flow characteristics and water balances.
- morphological alterations to water bodies.
- land use patterns, including identification of the main urban, industrial and agricultural areas and, where relevant, fisheries and forests.
- other anthropogenic impacts on the status of surface waters.

The training provided to the participants (from many different departments of the most important Ministries of the Republic of Turkey related with the water management) can be of great help for the conversion of River Basin Protection Action Plans into River Basin Management Plants.

Mr Jesús Mora
Mr Asensio Navarro

This Publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Consortium led by Tragsatec and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.