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Transposition of the WFD in Norway: The Water Regulation

On this side you can read about the The Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Norway is connected to the European Union as an EFTA country, through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) . The Water Framework Directive (WFD) was formally taken into the EEA-agreement in 2009, granting the EFTA countries extended deadlines for the implementation. Norway has taken full part in the Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the WFD since 2001.The WFD was transposed into the Norwegian Regulation on a Framework for Water Management in 2007, with a legal base in the Planning and Building Act, the Water Resources Act and the Pollution Control Act. It is normally referred to as Vannforskriften (The Water Regulation).

The Water Regulation was amended in 2010, due to a regional policy reform where selected County Councils were appointed as River Basin District Competent Authorities in Norway. The number of River Basin Districts was also increased, based on the experiences from the pilot cycle.  

The Annexes of the Water Regulation have been updated to accommodate new Directives on Priority Substances, Groundwater etc., as well as Commission Decisions on Intercalibration etc.

The Water Regulation

The Water Regulation is to a great extent a direct translation of the WFD.

The purpose of the regulation is to:
- provide a framework for setting environmental objectives that ensure integrated protection and sustainable use of the water bodies
- ensure the preparation and adoption of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) with corresponding Programs of Measures (PoMs), aiming at reaching the environmental objectives, and ensuring that the necessary knowledge base is provided

Norway is divided into 11 River Basin Districts (RBDs), and also shares part of 5 international RBDs with neighboring Finland and Sweden. In Norwegian the RBDs are referred to as Vannregioner.

According to the Planning and Building Act, River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) for each district are considered regional plans, which must be adopted by the County Council, and approved by the National Government.

See the text of the Water Regulation on the national legal database.

Publisert: 04. februar 2011 Sist oppdatert: 24. juni 2015