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English - WFD in Norway

Welcome to the Norwegian website for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). This site is mainly in Norwegian. A brief overview in English is provided in the following pages

Norway is connected to the European Union as an EFTA country, through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The WFD was formally taken into the EEA-agreement in 2009, granting the EFTA countries extended deadlines for the implementation. EFTA-counties reporting obligations are to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA).

The WFD was transposed into the Norwegian Regulation on a Framework for Water Management, normally referred to as Vannforskriften (The Water Regulation), entering i nto force in 2007. Norway has taken full part in the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the WFD since it was established in 2001. Norway performed a voluntary “pilot phase” implementation of the WFD in selected sub-districts 

across the country from 2007 until 2009, thus gaining the experience of River Basin Management planning.  River Basin Management Plans for the selected sub-distri cts in the pilot phase were adopted by the County Councils in 2009, and approved by the national Government in June of 2010. River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) covering the entire country will be prepared from 2010 until 2015, synchronized with the time schedule of the second cycle of implementation in the EU.

For further reading:

Transposition of the WFD in Norway: The Water Regulation

WFD implementation at national level
- Chart of organization of WFD implementation in Norway
- National sector integration committees for WFD implementation

River Basin Management Planning at District level in Norway

The planning cycles of WFD implementation in Norway

 International cooperation for WFD implementation

Norway as part of International River Basin Districts

Harmonisation and implementation of the WFD in the Nordic countries

Norwegian reporting on WFD implementation

The complaint to the ESA concerning hydropower and the WFD in Norway

 Reports and publication in English

 WFD Terminology

 For more information, contact Anders Iversen , WFD-CIS focal point in Norway.

Publisert: 20. mai 2015 Sist oppdatert: 17. juni 2015