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Local Authority Officers have a statutory duty to deliver Water Framework Directive objectives and this provides them with the opportunity to play a key role in delivering a high quality water environment. Ensuring a sustainable approach to managing the water environment must be at the forefront of decision making across all local authority departments – this is not only linked to statutory duties, but moreover it is clearly a common sense approach.

A collaborative project between Dorset Wildlife Trust and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has produced a number of resources to aid local authority officers in understanding their duties under the Water Framework Directive and how they can apply this to their everyday work. The documents are freely available to download below.

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 Improving Water Quality – Guidance for Local Authorities

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This document gives an introduction to the Water Framework Directive and the Catchment Based Approach before going on to consider how this knowledge can be applied across different local authority departments.


Engaging with the Water Framework Directive – Planner’s Training Resource

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The documents below set out a framework for delivering a half day workshop aimed at planners and developers. The information provided should enable any organisation to hold a training session on planning and the Water Framework Directive, including presentations to introduce the topic as well as an interactive session with which to apply this knowledge.

Guidance notes


Presenter notes

Interactive session


Local Authority Engagement Roadshows

The posters below are designed to enable delivery of a roadshow for local authority departments highlighting the key messages from the Water Framework Directive.



Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dorset Wildlife Trust - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Catchment-Based Approach website is designed to showcase the work of catchment partnerships aross England and Wales and to encourage the sharing and adoption of best practice in stakeholder-led catchment managment planning, delivery and evaluation.
Email: info@catchmentbasedapproach.org


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