Water Framework Directive (An “Open up” Tool for Public Participation in Water Policy)
Author: Dr. Polytimi M. Farmaki
Legal Advisor ANKO SA, PhD, Department of Accounting and Finance, Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences, Kozani, Greece
The new EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60 prescribes an adaptive water governance
system and has been the European Union's most comprehensive tool for the management and protection
of water resources. This article analyses how WFD encourages the active involvement of “all interested
parties” and represents how public participation has a key role in successful implementation. The aim of
this paper is to understand the functioning and effectiveness of the new model introduced to address the
lack of implementation of EU environmental rules, as WFD since its introduction in 2000, requires member
states to design and implement river basin management plans via participatory processes. Moreover,
we have identified that Common Implementation Strategy of WFD was designed as a tool for public
participation and stakeholder involvement to river basin management planning and how participatory
approaches are implemented as the new "governance" within the EU in the field of environmental policy.
Water Framework Directive, integrated water resources management, river basin planning, public participation, water governance.