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WFD meets CAP -
Looking for a consistent approach

20 - 21 September 2007, Paris



Conference background
In 2005-2006, the EU Strategic Steering Group on Agriculture (SSG) mainly focused its activity on identifying the gaps between WFD requirements and existing CAP. A first analysis of agricultural pressures and impacts on water bodies was prepared. The final mandate (2007-2009) of the SSG activity specifies that one of the main objectives of the Group will be to compile alternative ideas, measures and solutions in a catalogue of measures. A second objective of the mandate is the continuation of the exchange of information, in order to identify “success stories”.


Aim and objectives of the conference
The level of analysis possible under the previous works of the SSG was limited as it was in advance of the river basin management plans and their associated programmes of measures. Few practical case studies were therefore available and part of this work remained theoretical. Now several Member States have started detailed works setting up first programmes of measures. The conference will provide a forum to discuss the different approaches (e.g. voluntary versus mandatory) as well as different types of measures (economic, technical). The event should also be used to exchange different experiences gained and lessons learned from the different approaches.
Further, prospective questions, such as the impacts of new technologies, the effects of the EU Biomass Action plan, were also poorly addressed. The aim of the conference is to discuss these issues in more details. In addition, regarding the recent developments of the issue of water scarcity and droughts, a specific focus will be given on the way to address these water quantity issues.
In order to achieve the highest benefits the conference will include working groups and a discussion in the plenary session.


Target group
The conference is addressed to EU policy makers (DG Agriculture, DG Environment, DG JRC, DG Research), national policy makers of EU 27 (ministries and administrations related to agriculture and the environment), European and national unions and organisations, NGOs and researchers from the area of agriculture and water management.

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