Water Framework Directive
The European Union (EU) has established a common framework for water protection and management, which aims to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems, and to guarantee long-term, sustainable water usage for individuals, businesses and the natural world. This Framework-Directive has several objectives such as preventing and reducing pollution, promoting sustainable water usage, protecting the environment, improving the state of aquatic eco-systems and reducing the effects of floods and droughts.
It has established a framework for the protection of:
- inland surface waters (e.g. rivers*, streams, lakes and pools, springs)
- transitional waters
- coastal waters
*Rivers – River basins covering the territory of more than one Member State are assigned to an international river basin district.