Policy implementation for European Union (EU)

Case
Water Governance and Climate

Implementing the EU Water Framework Directive

European Union (EU)

Water quality is an important condition for a sustainable future. Not just because the intrinsic value of nature itself but water quality is also important for economic development and a healthy environment in which to live and work. Implementing the European Water Framework Directive into national legislation and national, regional and local policy has been an intensive and time consuming process. We have been actively involved in the organisational design of the implementary traject and have played key-roles in the implementation itself.

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Collaboration and stakeholder management

We have managed the collaboration between the governments on all levels by aligning these processes over 60 water management plans The plans could therefore be developed simultaneously in line with the overall water policy. The water management plans encompasse water quality goals of each water body and financial arrangements to realize the mesures in the next six years. Twynstra supported the policy making on the regional level by organizing stakeholder management in such a way that the plans had great support and were accepted by stakeholders.

New institutional arrangements

We combined a top-down directive (national level with strict deadlines and a clear definition of overall goals) with plenty of space for bottom-up input and initiatives (regional and local level).

New institutional arrangements were created to make this collaboration possible; as managers and consultants have played key roles in both designing and implementing this successful collaboration. Our efforts were of great value to all partners in improving the water quality:

  • More distinctive roles and responsibilities in the management of water quality, which improves accountability
  • Improved collaboration and decision making
  • Saving costs by sharing knowledge on the effectiveness of measures
  • New institutional arrangements that have also been used to address other water related issues (following the issues of water quality, also water quantity/allocation issues and water safety issues have been discussed in a regional steering groups)