Training Workshop on Economic Characterization of Water Use

May, 2016-. On 2 – 5 May 2016 the project Consortium provided a training workshop on economic characterization of water use. There were presentations, panel discussions and round tables about concepts related with the economic analysis. Trainers came from Spain and Holland.

The WFD aims to protect ground and surface waters and their depending ecosystems following natural geographical and hydrological units. In this spirit, the economic analysis constitutes a decision support tool for integrated water resource management; it pursues to provide adequate data to incorporate systematically economic considerations into water planning and seeks to make economic development compatible with the improvement and protection of water resources.

The drafting of the Directive Article 5 report –the so-called characterization study- is the first step of the river basin management planning according to the Directive; as regards the economic analysis it comprises three main task:

1) Valuation of the importance of water for the socio-economic wealth of the river basins.
2) Elaboration of the baseline scenario, that is to say trends in water use.
3) Assessment of current levels of cost recovery, therefore providing sufficient evidence to assess the compliance with the principles of efficient water use, cost recovery, polluters pay and adequate contribution of the users to the cost of the water services.

The workshop had a very lively debate, where main issues discussed were:

- What is the economic analysis in the Water Framework Directive for?

- What are the recent developments in the EU processes?

- What is the main orientation of agricultural products?

- What policies for urban growth will affect the main trends?

- What are the key concerns in relation to pricing in urban areas?

Ms María del Tránsito Sánchez
Mr José Carlos Tomico

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.