Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC)

The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) is a law which aims to protect and improve the quality of all waters throughout the European Union.
The key objectives of the Directive are to:

  • protect and enhance the status of aquatic ecosystems
  • promote sustainable use of water
  • provide for sufficient supply of good quality water
  • provide enhanced protection and improvement of the aquatic environment
  • contribute to mitigating the effects of floods and droughts
  • protect territorial and marine waters
  • establish a register of ‘protected areas’

European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003

Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government

Environmental Protection Agency

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