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4th Nordic WFD workshop 2011

The 4th WFD conference was held 28-30 September in Hurdal, Norway. The main focus of the conference was harmonization and cooperation on the implementation of the Water Directive in the Nordic countries.

There were 98 participants, divided into 6 from Iceland, 13 from Finland, 15 from Sweden and 61 from Norway. In addition, invited speakers from Austrian and Scottish authorities, and Aarhus University, Denmark gave valuable contribution to this event at Hurdal in Norway.

Programme for day 1 and detailed programme for workshops

European WFD perspective

Welcome address - Tor Simon Pedersen (Norwegian Ministry of Environment)

Status - implementation in the nordic countries

Nordic WFD collaboration and harmonisation


It was concluded that the benefits of sharing experience is valuable, and that there may be a significant mutual gain of collaboration on the development of management tools and sharing reference monitoring network. There will also be useful to have closer cooperation and common positions between the nordic countries in the European WFD work.

Similar water challenges

Acknowledging the work done within the EU context by different working groups, there is still a lot to be done by the member states. There are several advantages in promoting a similar development of e.g. different classification systems and analyses for the nordic countries. Realizing the expectations, the nordic countries have established a forum for exchange of experience, since many of our water bodies are of similar types as in the other countries.

The nordic collaboration project on WFD implementation 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 was the 4th workshop in the series, extending the scope also to priority substances and more focus on modelling tools than previous gatherings.

Below are presentations and/or summaries from the workshops:


For more information on nordic WFD conferences, please see Related pages.

Publisert: 03. juni 2015 Sist oppdatert: 08. oktober 2018