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The Water Framework Directive (WFD) introduced in 2000 many new concepts and governance and technical challenges in an integrated approach to sustainable water management. The Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) process has been successful in delivering a range of guidance documents which have supported the performance of Member States (MS) and have contributed to harmonised implementation. A lot of effort has been put by Member States into the development of the first River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs), and knowledge of water status has considerably improved. However, the Commission's 2012 assessment of the RBMPs has shown important differences in implementation level across the EU and more efforts are needed to ensure the achievement of the WFD objectives in the 2015, 2021 and 2027 planning cycles. 

The International Office for Water, together with the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management of Romania, and with the INBO, Europe-INBO, MEMBO and CEENBO groups, are in charge of insuring the Secretariat of this peer review process. 


Interested bodies involved in WFD implementation interested in benefiting from receiving a peer review and experts from public bodies motivated in participating to the peer review process are invited to express their interest by sending the corresponding templates (available here: to the secretariat before the 31st of January 2015, at the following e-mail address: