Presentation on theme: "Wet Woodlands and the Water Framework Directive Ben Bunting, South West River Basin Programme Manager."— Presentation transcript:
Wet Woodlands and the Water Framework Directive Ben Bunting, South West River Basin Programme Manager
The Water Framework Directive The most substantial piece of EC water legislation to date Designed to improve and integrate the way water is managed throughout Europe Looks at ecology, chemistry and physical condition Drives us to work together to deliver integrated catchment and coastal management, to protect and improve the water environment over time
December 2008 - dRBMP Public Consultation How far, how fast? Closes 22 nd June An Opportunity!
Where are we now? WFD Classification Replaces General Quality Assessment (GQA) has driven 20 years of water quality improvement WFD Raises the bar a more sophisticated assessment over 30 aspects of the environment are included a wide range of impacts on biological health: industry, diffuse pollution, urban estuaries, coastal waters, lakes and rivers One out, all out – a much stricter system
Where are we now? Nutrients, fish communities and some metals
Outcomes from the draft plan SW RBD: reduce phosphate: 1,200km improve fish: 750km of river Improve diatoms: 700km Invertebrates: 100km Reduced ammonia significant reductions in abstraction Based on ‘certain’ outcomes, and a ‘one out, all out’ approach We want to do more
ADAS: Woodlands and the WFD Broadly Positive River Management : Woodlands help protect and achieve Good Ecological Status (Temperature, pollution interception, morphology) Floods: Models suggest suitable river & floodplain woodlands can attenuate downstream impacts Waste Management : Sewage sludge, wastewater treatment Climate Change: Clear synergies All assuming the right trees are in the right place!
What’s in the draft plan? Some specific actions for Forestry Commission : “Review the SW Regional Woodland and Forestry Framework Implementation Plan to ensure that WFD priorities are reflected” “Identify sites where planting will contribute to achieving WFD targets, and review grant schemes to encourage delivery” Other related projects : WATER, RELU, Upstream Thinking, West Cornwall Woodlands, Devon Floodplain Woodlands… Does this cover everything?
What should be in the final plan? Better links between the work already in the plan and outcomes for the environment More actions that we are confident will deliver WFD and associated benefits Does this mean more on river and floodplain woodlands? If so, what have we missed? …and what will it deliver?
Summary The draft River Basin Plans are here, they matter and we want to make them better Forestry and floodplain & wet woodland projects are present in the plan – have we got it right? We want to do more with your help Tell us what you think!