NRC on Water quality and ecological status

Profile 2018 - 2020


EEA data and assessment work are partly steered by activities and results produced by EU water policies including water framework directive (WFD) and River Basin Management Plans.  The non-EU countries have recently taken many of the aspects of the EU water policies and adjusted their procedures to follow the EU water policies.  In addition, to the existing water priority data flows, results and data generated and reported by EU water Directives are an important basis for EEA indicators, assessments and its knowledge base.

The EEA needs water NRCs with good knowledge and understanding of the different water policies and their reporting streams.  In addition, understanding of water management in relation to sector activities (e.g. measures to reduce pressures and improve status) and knowledge of freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems is relevant.


    • Good knowledge and understanding of the different water policies and their reporting streams, in particular the WFD, and the links to other domains closely related, particularly the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy (e.g. Target 2/Action 5) and the nature directives.
    • Mapping and assessment of ecosystem conditions, development of natural capital assessment and accounting frameworks, and ecosystem-based management.
    • Provided the oversight and coordination role between the Water NRCs is taken up by this NRC the expertise needs to include capacities and skills to coordinate the other water related NRCS including overseeing the data and system developments of possible water information systems and leading the dialogue on how to bring these information systems to policy relevant use.
    • Water ecological quality in terms of biological quality, hydromorphological status and nutrient status; quality of surface and groundwater bodies.
    • Expertise in all water quality related policy processes (WFD and water directives delivering information on status, impacts or WFD relevant measures).
    • Monitoring – Data – Information data

    Policy processes to be supported

    • Implementation of relevant water legislation: WFD, GW daughter directive, FD, Bathing water directive, UWWTD, DWD, NiD. Links closely to MSFD. Links to NEC Directive.
    • Global process such as the CBD.

    Expected input and contributions from the NRC in 2018 - 2020

    Provide comments and inputs during consultation processes on indicators and assessment reports and organise responses on data request. Specifically:

    • Provide inputs and comments on EEA waters assessments
    • Help maintaining links to the country reporters on other Water Directives, in particular WFD, Bathing Water, FD, and Nitrate and Drinking Water directives.
    • Support the development of improvement of water information systems, including new and emerging monitoring issues such as eDNA, remote sensing.
    • Contribute to aspects of freshwater ecosystem assessments and moving water assessments towards an ecosystem approach.

    Data delivery:

    • WISE-SoE Water Quality (WISE-4): provide data for the water priority data flows on water quality and review the indicators

    Relevant organisations and networks

    • European Commission - DG ENV (C1, C2, D1, D2, B1), DG JRC, DG Eurostat
    • WFD Common Implementation Strategy Working Groups
    • Copernicus
    • Respective national networks being active in the WFD CIS process, or on hydrological, health related or statistical aspects of water management as well as INSPIRE National Contact Points (NCPs)
    • UNECE
    • Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes
    • The Geological Surveys of Europe: EuroGeoSurveys (EGS)
    • Water business and environmental NGOs