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Harmonisation and implementation of the WFD in the Nordic countries

On this page you can read about: "Nordic collaboration on implementation of the water framework directive, status and further challenges".

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. A series of annual meetings and workshops have received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), and three reports are published for the NCM. This arena has been established as a fruitful network for exchanging practice and understanding of WFD.

Pictures from Nordic WFD Meetings.   Fotograf: Susanne Liljenström

Many water-related issues are transboundary. The Nordic countries have many similarities and mutual challenges that need to be solved in collaboration. The benefits of sharing experiences are valuable, and there are significant mutual gains from collaboration on the development of governance, best practices, management tools and sharing reference-monitoring network.

The Nordic collaboration project has initiated and enhanced a more widespread knowledge exchange between water managers and aquatic scientists in the Nordic countries on common water issues related to the implementation of the WFD. This networking also enhances common positions between the Nordic countries in the European WFD work to ensure adaptations to Nordic conditions.

Reports on WFD in the Nordic countries to the Nordic Council of Ministers:

Report from 
2017 "Towards a better implementation of the WFD from a Nordic perspective."
2015 "Challenges and good practise in implementing of WFD in Nordic countries"

Full Conference Report: "How to improve resource effective implementation of WFD in Nordic countries"

A brief conference report is available here.

2013  "Nordic collaboration on implementation of the water framework directivstatus and further challenges"

Information on previous conferences and workshops can be found under Nordic WFD conferences in the right hand panel here.

A short overview in Norwegian is also available here.

Other relevant information regarding implementation of WFD in the nordic countries:   


Kerry Maria Agustsson

Seksjon for vannforvaltning


Anders Iversen

Miljødirektoratet Vannseksjonen
Publisert: 20. mai 2015 Sist oppdatert: 08. oktober 2018