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The planning cycles of WFD implementation in Norway

On this page you can read about:
- Pilot planning cycle (2007-2009)
- First complete cycle (2010-2015)


Pilot planning cycle (2007-2009)

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) was transposed into Norwegian Regulation on a Framework for Water Management in 2007, normally referred to as Vannforskriften (The Water Regulation).

Norway performed a voluntary “pilot cycle” implementation of the WFD in selected sub-districts across the country from 2007 until 2009, thus gaining the experience of River Basin Management (RBD) planning. In this first cycle 9 selected Governors Offices were appointed as River Basin Districts Competent Authorities.

- 2007: Formation of cross sector RBD Water Boards and Consultation on Work Program
- 2008: Consultation of Significant Water Management Issues
- 2009: Consultation on Draft River Basin Management Plan (RBMP), and adoption of RBMPs by County Councils
- 2010: Approval of RBMPs by national Government, information sent to the European Surveillance Authority (ESA).
- 2013: Reporting on progress on the implementation of the Programs of Measures in Norway (pilot cycle – 2009 RBMPs)

First complete cycle (2010-2015)

The WFD was formally taken into the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2009, granting the EFTA countries extended deadlines for the implementation. At the beginning of 2010, a reorganization and reshuffle of responsibilities changed the appointment of Competent Authorities from the County Governors offices to the County Councils. At the same time the number of designated River Basin District Competent Authorities was changed from 9 to 11, through an amendment of the Water Regulation.

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.
- Spring of 2011: Consultation on Work Program.
- Autumn of 2012: Consultation of Significant Water Management Issues.
- August 2013: Reporting of Characterization (Art. 5) – summary report
 Autumn of 2014: Public consultation on Draft River Basin Management Plan
- Spring of 2015: Adoption of RBMPs by County Councils. - Autumn of 2015: Approval of RBMPs by national Government. Reporting to the European Surveillance Authority (ESA). 

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