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Water Accounts and the Water Framework Directive. Jan Berdowski and Sjoerd Schenau. Statistics Netherlands. Implementation of the Water Framework Directive.

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water accounts and the water framework directive

Water Accounts and the Water Framework Directive

Jan Berdowski and Sjoerd Schenau

Statistics Netherlands

implementation of the water framework directive
Implementation of the Water Framework Directive
  • In Europe, the introduction of the European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) has given demand to more information on the relation between environment and economy
  • An integrated river basin information system offersvarious opportunities for the implementation of the WFD
implications of the wfd
Implications of the WFD
  • Demand for water-related data of various kinds (water supply and use, economic data, water quality etc.) that are integrated and consistent
  • Availability of data that are comparable across countries
  • Better studies of the costs and prices of water services
  • More focus on the geographical boundaries of the data, i.e. water bodies and river basin districts
water accounting in the netherlands
Water accounting in the Netherlands
  • The Dutch water accounts combines different types of data and includes an economic account, an emission account and a water extraction and discharge account
  • The Dutch water accounts are published annually by Statistics Netherlands. The Institute for Inland Water Management and Wastewater Treatment (RIZA) uses the water accounts for making the reports regarding to the Water Framework Directive
decrease of heavy metal emissions
Decrease of heavy metal emissions
  • Decrease amalgama use by dentists
  • Prohibition of antifouling paint for recreation boats (Copper)
  • Reorganisation of the fertilizer industry (Cadmium)
usefulness of wateraccounting for wfd
Usefulness of wateraccounting for WFD
  • Water accounting provides a consistent integrated economic- environmental accounting framework,
  • which provides information about:
  • - Intensity of water use by branches of industry
  • - The physical flows of supply of water services
  • - Emissions to water by branches of industry
  • - Production costs of water services
  • - Environmental taxes related to water
  • at National and River Basin level
conclusions
Conclusions
  • By linking water and substance flows to economic flows and doing this systematically for a number of years, insight is gained into the relationship between our physical water system and the economy.
  • The integration of water and economy at river basin level makes water accounting an important information tool to support policy and decision-making in the field of integrated water management as advocated by the WFD.
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