EU Taxonomy Public consultation support

Freshwater Management

ongoing

Resilience Strategies for Regions (REGILIENCE)

CINEA | REGILIENCE is the Coordination and Support Action for the development of Innovation Packages and regional resilience pathways under the call LC-GD-1-3-2020. It aims to foster the adoption and wide dissemination of regional climate resilience pathways, following a demand-driven approach and bearing in mind the expertise and knowledge acquired, as well as the solutions available from Innovation Packages and other sources.

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DRYing rivER networks (DRYvER)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | Rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and other aquatic environments are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. They are also those most threatened by human activities. These river networks also provide essential ecosystem services – such as drinking water, food and climate regulation – that enhance society’s well-being.

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Climate Change policy update

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The project aims to provide concrete policy recommendations on the content of legal instruments at federal and state level in Germany. These policy recommendations should enable legislators to mainstream climate change adaptation into further appropriate legal instruments.

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Water use conflicts in Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The project assessed the effects of drought and dryness in Germany on water availability, soil water balance and groundwater and should provide possible solutions and recommendations for actions. Special attention is to be paid to competing uses for water and to less widespread adaptation measures, such as the reuse of treated and further processed wastewater in urban areas.

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Water for the Green Deal

European Commission, DG Environment | In December 2019 the Commission set out a European Green Deal1 for the European Union (EU) and its citizens - a new growth strategy for the EU supporting the transition of the EU to a fair and prosperous society that responds to the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, improving the quality of life of current and future generations.

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Public participation in the National Water Strategy

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | With the Citizens' Dialogue on the National Water Strategy, the federal ministry for the environment is opening up parts of the strategy for discussion with randomly selected citizens from all over Germany.

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Sustainable Hydropower Use and Integration in China and EU

Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie – Austria | Hydropower sits at the heart of the water and energy nexus. It has played and will continue to play a critical role in enhancing both water and energy securities. Yet sustainable hydropower development remains a major common challenge for both the EU and China.

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Climate change adaptation in the tourism sector in Lower Saxony

TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH | Climate change is already affecting the tourism sector in Lower Saxony and complex interactions influence the touristic demand. Therefore, the TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH (TMN) intends to support the Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) in dealing with current and future changes.

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Towards sustainable finance

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has set itself the goal of evaluating and further developing scientific methods and procedures to systematically integrate environmental and sustainability risks into investment and credit decisions by using the methods to wisely initiate and shape the transit to a sustainable financial economy. FT supports the project in this regard in the area of water management.

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Water Stewardship in Spain

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) | The Courtauld Commitment on water, established a target by 2030 of 50% of the UK fresh food being sourced from areas with sustainable water management.

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Implementing Innovative Approaches for Improved Water Governance

Asian Development Bank | Fresh Thoughts was engaged as specialists for International Institutional Water Management and Capacity Development.

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Strategic environmental assessment (SUP) for the second Austrian flood risk management plan

Bundesministerium für Landwirtschaft, Regionen und Tourismus – Austria | FT carried out a strategic environmental assessment (SUP) for the second Austrian flood risk management plan. The work included the drafting of a Scoping Document and the Environmental Report that assesses the impacts of the second Flood Risk Management Plans on the Environment taking also aspects of climate change into account.

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Support the Commission in the implementation of international water cooperation

European Commission, DG Environment | The contract aims to provide support to the European Commission in sharing and disseminating knowledge, best practice and lessons learnt related to EU water legislation and water management to third countries and/or other international partners, as well as in monitoring and implementing tasks stemming from multiple strands of water cooperation activities (at multilateral, regional or bilateral level)

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Body of Knowledge “Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe”

Climate-KIC | The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created a task force – the Body of Knowledge - working on Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe. Guido Schmidt was appointed as a member of this BoK, and developed joint strategic advice as well s mentoring activities for start-ups.

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Development of a Guidance Implementing Art 4.7 WFD in Luxemburg

Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau, Luxemburg | The aim of the project is to develop a guidance document for Luxembourg on the application of Article 4.7 of the WFD. This guidance document should support the national implementation of the CIS guidance document 36.

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Water Strategy Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | Modern water management focuses on sustainable and balanced water use by all stakeholders. To achieve this today – and in the future - various legal as well as socio-economic frameworks need to be taken into account. The overall aim of this project is to initiate a target-oriented national dialogue at an early stage among various actors.

EU Taxonomy Public consultation support

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | The EU taxonomy is a classification system, establishing a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. It could play an important role helping the EU scale up sustainable investment and implement the European green deal.

Nexus Gaza

Engineering, Management and Infrastructure Consultants (Enfra Consultants) | Population growth, economic development and climate change, energy, water, land and human resources are increasingly under pressure in the Gaza Strip to support societal development and to maintain necessary services. Decision-makers need improved tools in order to be better informed about synergies between different development and management choices and to help them identify options on how to sustainably manage resources.

Supporting the World Bank by producing a training kit on Flood Risk Management in the European Union

Worldbank | Fresh Thoughts was supporting the World Bank in producing a training kit on Flood Risk Management in the European Union based on the EU Floods Directive.

Diffuse Pollution Bulgaria

Worldbank | The development objective of this assignment is to support the Government of Bulgaria in developing the River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) and Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMP) necessary to ensure a water-secure future for the people, economy and environment of Bulgaria and to fulfil the EU water legislation requirements.

WWF RBMPs

WWF European Policy Office | By the end of 2021, EU member states and associated countries to the Common Implementation Strategy need to submit their River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) required under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) for the period 2022-2027 (third planning cycle). Before submission, draft plans need to be open for public consultation over a minimum period of six months. Since the adoption of the WFD in 2000, implementation has been lagging behind, so the 3rd planning cycle is critical to the achievement of the objective of good water status across Europe by 2027.

JustFair

ACRP | Natural hazard protection faces the key challenge that not everyone living in a risk zone is threatened equally. Decisions on whom to protect often cause conflicts in resource allocation and distribution. JustFair develops policy guidance by (1) comparing international practice in addressing social justice issues in climate change adaptation and by (2) empirically identifying disadvantaged groups among households and small businesses, taking into account that individual resources and deficits need to be balanced against each other. Additionally, a comparison of the financial measures taken during the Covid-19 crisis in Austria with current regulations on disaster relief funds was carried out.

Conference on water, climate change, and adaptation

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | Climate change poses a key challenge to water management and water-dependent sectors in the EU. Increasing water scarcity, deteriorating water quality, and heavy rainfall events or floods have serious consequences for drinking water supply or freshwater conservation.

Climate change and tourism in Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The following project identifies the impacts of climate change on the tourism sector in Germany and possible adaptation mechanisms.

Support of the European Innovation Partnership on Water

European Commission, DG Environment | The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) is an initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges.

Theory of change and Roadmap for the restoration of the Guadalquivir river estuary (Spain)

WWF Spain | WWF develops a roadmap for the restoration of the Guadalquivir river estuary (Spain) as a follow-up of a previously held workshop with relevant stakeholders in 2019. The roadmap will address vision, objectives, success indicators and prioritised action fiches with further details, and it will be based on the theory of change. Interviews and a workshop with experts and stakeholders are included.

Technical assessments on Member States’ compliance with the applicable European Union environmental legislation

European Commission, DG Environment | The general objective of this service request under a general Framework Contract was to assess the way in which Directive 2000/60/EC1 (the Water Framework Directive or WFD) and its daughter Directives are implemented by the Member States, based on the assessment of the second River Basin Management Plans (submitted end 2015 covering the six year period 2016-2021). The Commission will use the technical assessments as background information in its function to ensure, in accordance with Article 258 of the TFEU, that the Directives are correctly applied in the Member States.

Assessment CAP 2020+

European Commission, DG Environment | On 1 June 2018 the Commission presented a single legal proposal for the future CAP: “Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Linking environmental planning tools with funding mechanisms

European Commission, DG Environment | With the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) proposal for post-2020, there will be greater subsidiarity. Member States (MS) will have flexibility in the choice of environmental interventions to adapt them to their local needs.

WFD and FD Framework Contract 2016+

European Commission, DG Environment | The objective of the framework contract was to provide services to the Water Unit in DG Environment.

Support to the India-EU Water Partnership

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | Provision of technical expertise for the EU / BMZ jointly co-financed action “Development and implementation support to the India-EU Water Partnership (IEWP)” and “Support to Ganga Rejuvenation (SGR).

Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | The overarching goal of the Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment Project (H2020_Insurance) is to support the understanding of climate risks by the (re)insurance sector and wider society.

Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | Water, land, food, energy, and climate are interconnected, comprising a coherent system (the ‘Nexus’), dominated by complexity and feedback. Putting pressure on one part of the Nexus can create pressures on the others.

WFD-NO Comp check

Water Research Centre Limited (WRc plc) | The contract provides technical assistance to Water Research Centre Limited (WRc) in the assessment of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) of Norway.

State of Play and Flood risk in the EU

European Commission, Joint Research Center (JRC) | Under the UCPM Decision No 1313/2013/EU, Member States have an obligation to develop risk assessments at national or appropriate sub-national level and make available to the Commission a summary of the relevant elements every three years.

Significant Pressures from diffuse pollution in BG

Worldbank | On June 28, 2018, The World Bank (WB) and the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) have agreed to a Reimbursable Advisory Service (RAS) contract for the delivery of an Advisory Program.

Floods Directive and Water Framework Directive Compliance check

European Commission, DG Environment | The contract provided technical assistance to the Commission in the assessment of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive (FD) by the 28 Member States of the EU.

European Topic Centre on Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation 2014-2018

European Environment Agency (EEA) | The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks - as identified in the ETC/CCA annual Action Plan (AP) - coherently with the EEA five-year strategy, the Multiannual Work Programme and the specific EEA Annual Work Programme in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe.

Preparation of the “Nexus Assessment Reports in six South East Europe Economies”

Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) | The Study aimed to identify in each country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) and in the SEE2020 region the level of integration of management of natural resources related to Nexus (i.e. water, energy, land and environment), the interlinkages and potential benefits, trade-offs, governance and conflicts among Nexus sectors and to briefly assess the level and status of cooperation for the management of transboundary basins in the SEE2020 region.

Nexus Assessment in South East Europe

Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) | The study aims to identify in each country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) and in the SEE2020 region the level of integration of management of natural resources related to Nexus (i.e. water, energy, land and environment), the interlinkages and potential benefits, trade-offs, governance and conflicts among Nexus sectors and to briefly assess the level and status of cooperation for the management of transboundary basins in the SEE2020 region.

Moderation Forum water/wastewater IFAT 2018

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | IFAT is a trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management and takes place every two years at the exhibition centre in Munich. With over 3,000 exhibitors from 59 countries and around 135,000 visitors from all over the world, the trade fair has established itself as the leading event for the environmental technology sector. In this context, BMU held a forum event on 14 May 2018 entitled: - Current developments in water policy - Strategic approaches to trace substances and requirements for the reuse of treated wastewater. Thomas Dworak from Fresh Thoughts moderated the forum.

Mongolia: Improvement of Guideline on River Basin Council establishment

2030 Water Resource Group | Within the frame of its activities in Mongolia to “strengthening water governance at river basin level” by facilitating cooperation and building capacities, 2030 WRG aims with this consultancy to improve and renew the existing guidelines (Order A-124 MET on River Basin Council (RBC) establishment, 2013) and to enable the RBC activity in the frame of the law and guideline.

EU-Iran environment and climate change exchanges

European Commission, DG Environment | Iran and the EU have agreed in 2016 to develop a cooperation on environment and adaptation to climate change.

Screening tool for the climate proofing of River Basin Management Plans

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) entered into force in 2000. It sets out the environmental objectives for all European surface and ground waters. The objectives of the Directive are to protect waters, preventing deterioration and protecting and improving the state of water bodies, terrestrial ecosystems and wetlands.

Sava adaptation strategy

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) | The four riparian countries of the Sava River Basin (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia) ratified the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB) as a unique international agreement, which integrated many aspects of water resources management and established the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) for its implementation of the FASRB.

Mid-term evaluation of the GIZ-EDEKA-SAB Miller Water Stewardship Strategic Alliance

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | In 2013, EDEKA, SAB Miller and GIZ started a strategic alliance (STA) with the aim of supporting private-public water stewardship initiatives in several countries (Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras), addressing urban sanitation, wetland restoration, irrigation efficiency, groundwater recharge and payments for ecosystem services. Fresh-Thoughts Consulting GmbH has been contracted to develop an external mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Alliance and its Partnerships, according to OECD/DAC and WORKS criteria.

Assessment of the contributions of the Spanish Rural development Plans 2014-2020 to the achievement of WFD objectives

WWF Spain | Fresh Thoughts was asked to analyse the contributions of the Spanish Rural development Plans 2014-2020 to the achievement of the objectives of the Water Framework Directive.

Mid-term review of GIZ

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | In 2013, EDEKA, SAB Miller and GIZ started a strategic alliance (STA) with the aim of supporting water stewardship initiatives in several countries (Egypt, Columbia, Honduras), which is allocated at develoPPP within GIZ.

Climate Europe Festival Workshop Moderation

Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (Hereon) | The Climateurope Project (Horizon 2020 689029) contracted FT to moderate a workshop during its festival in Valencia.

Good Cases of Water Framework Directive Implementation in Europe

WWF UK | The WaterLIFE – LIFE13 ENV/UK/000497. “Delivery of the Water Framework Directive through collaborative action between civil society and the private sector” project includes ACTION D3: European Knowledge Exchange.

WWF Report on Irrigation Modernization

WWF Spain | WWF Spain released a report in 2014, which showcased problems in ensuring a contribution from agricultural water savings to sustainability of water quantity management at the water body or basin levels.

Support to Activities related to the EU Policy on Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

European Commission, DG Environment | Coastal and marine areas face a multitude of activities often causing an unsustainable development. The need for integrated coastal management (ICM) and maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe stems from increasing competition for maritime space by diverse actors and industries.

Water Resources and River Rejuvenation “Centre of Excellence” in Uttar Pradesh & Development of a Blueprint for Water accounting for India

2030 Water Resource Group | Fresh Thoughts advised the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) on the creation and operation of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Water Resources and River Rejuvenation (WR&RR) in the largest state of the Ganga Basin. Additionally, the team developed a Blueprint for Water Accounting (following the UN-SEEAW standard).

Framework contract for the Support to the Implementation of the Water Industry Directives

European Commission, DG Environment | In addition to the European Water Framework Directive, the Urban Waste Water Directive (91/271/EEC), the Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC) and the Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EC), which was repealed from December 2014 by the new Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC), are cornerstone Directives of the EU water legislation because they significantly contribute to protecting European water resources.

WE@EU Web based Joint Action Plan Dynamization

WE@EU | Fresh Thoughts supported WE@EU in the preparation and targeted dissemination of its project's final event, addressing urban water efficiency, clusters and pan-European networks.

Assessment of the status of water bodies and ecosystems in Doñana

WWF Spain | WWF Spain is involved in the conservation of the Doñana wetlands since the 1960s.

Development of the Luxemburg River Basin Management Plan I

Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau, Luxemburg | Fresh Thoughts supported the Administration de la Gestion de l'Eau (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) in the updating and completing the reports required under Article 5 and Article 11 of the WFD.

Assessment of the study “Potential of multi-purpose-use of the hydropower reservoirs of the Drin cascade in Albania”

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | Within the contract, the results from the study “Potential of multi-purpose-use of the hydropower reservoirs of the Drin cascade in Albania” have been processed towards the staff of GIZ. This includes, above all, placing the results from the Drin/Albania case study in a broader context and drawing conclusions about transferability in the context of the water-energy-food security nexus. As a product, an article was written t in the form of a discussion paper as part of The GIZ internal discussion paper series on sustainable hydropower use.

Development of the Luxemburg River Basin Management Plan II

Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau, Luxemburg | The Water Framework Directive (WFD) required Member States to develop river basin management plans (RBMPs), along with programmes of measures (PoMs) in order to achieve good status of water bodies.

Strategic support to the ECODES Foundation (Spain)

Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo, Spain | The ECODES Foundation has established an innovative way of working by involving a wider group of individuals called „ECODES ABIERTA“, for driving its activities towards ambitious global targets. Within this framework, Fresh-Thoughts provided strategic input to the "water" strategy.

Potential of multi-purpose-use of the Hydropower Reservoirs of the Drin Cascade in Albania

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | The main objective of the study was to determine the potential and limits of the multi-purpose use of the Drin Cascade

UNECE-Water convention

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) | At its sixth session (Rome, 28–30 November 2012), the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention mandated the Working Group on IWRM, in consultation with the Implementation Committee, to carry out an analysis on the needs for reporting under the Convention, taking into account the capacity of countries and other relevant reporting mechanisms.

Support to ECOSTAT Nutrients Workshop

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | This contract supported the ECOSTAT Working Group under the WFD CIS process. For the Working Group's meeting in November 2015, a report on nutrient boundaries in transitional, coastal and marine waters in the EU was developed.

Natural Water Retention Measures in the Danube region

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) | This contracted supported the ICDPR by drafting a short guide relevant to the potential synergies and conflicts in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and EU Floods Directive.

Water Risk assessment for Citrus production in Southern Spain

EDEKA | Within EDEKA's overall assessment to improve the environmental performance of its supply chain at the "El Esparragal" citrus farm, Fresh Thoughts assessed possible upscaling strategies to involve further farmers into sustainability strategies to address water quantity management.

Quality Review of a report on drought risk management

WWF China | WWF China requested Fresh Thoughts to develop a strategic Quality Assurance check for a publication aimed to propose better drought management.

Support to a Workshop on River Basin Management and Rural development Programmes in Andalusia (Spain)

WWF Spain | Fresh Thoughts facilitated a workshop for WWF Spain to identify options how the Andalusian Rural Development measures (EARDF) could best contribute to the objectives of the Spanish River Basin Management Plans, as established under the Water Framework Directive.

Evaluation of Horizon 2020 applications

European Commission, DG Research | The European Commission appointed independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy.

Workshop “Challenges in River Basin Management and Rural development”

WWF Spain | Fresh Thoughts has provided technical and logistical support for the development of the workshop, as well as prepared the draft conclusions.

UNECE Workshops on Floods

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The main advantages of transboundary cooperation are that it broadens the knowledge/information base, enlarges the set of available strategies and enables better and more cost-effective solutions. In addition, widening the geographical area considered by basin planning enables measures to be located where they create the optimum effect.

Streamlining water into Rural development Programmes

European Commission, DG Environment | The revision of the Common Agricultural Policy, which started with the November 2010 Commission Communication on "The CAP towards 2020", and was finalised with the publication of the relevant regulations in December 2013.

Support to the International Water Management Institute

International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka | IWMI requested the support from the FT-Team for a proposal writing on innovative incentives to manage water sustainably and efficiently across the water – food – energy nexus.

Water & Sanitation knowledge networks and innovation in Bolivia

Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo, Spain | CIMAS (Knowledge and Innovation Networks for the Environment, Water and Sanitation) is a program of the Bolivian Ministry for the Environment and Water with the support of the European Union and the Spanish Aid Agency AECID.

Strategic Environmental Assessment for the first Flood Risk Management Plan in Austria

Lebensministerium, Austria | FT supported the strategic environmental assessment for the first Austrian flood risk management plan, by drafting the scooping and the environmental report.

Support to the development of inland and coastal water project evaluation criteria and preparation of calls for proposals (Bulgaria)

Ministry of Environment and Water (Bulgaria) | The Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and Norway funds a number of programmes in different countries and priority areas. In Bulgaria, in the 2009-2014 period, one of the funded programs was called “BG02” and focused an improved integrated management of Marine and Inland Waters.

Policy insight Report – nutrient and organic Pollution in 8 river basins from Europe, North America and Africa

Stockholm International Water Institute | The study presents experiences from river basins around the world regarding the control of water pollution through nutrients (nitrogen, to be specific) and organic material.

Climate Sensitive Flood Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | Floods are essential events that determine the natural characteristics of an aquatic environment and its connected wetlands, as well as ensure a functioning ecology.

International Roundtable on Water and Energy Nexus in transboundary basins in Southeastern Europe

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | As a contractor to Global Water Partnership, Fresh Thoughts Consulting carried out a study for the identification of the state, challenges and issues of water and energy nexus in transboundary basins of South-eastern Europe.

Internal WWF-DCP Briefing Document Implementation and Shortcomings regarding the European WFD in RO, BG, HU and AT

WWF Austria | This short study provided the WWF with an overview on the European Commission's findings and assessment on the EU WFD River Basin Management Plans of Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.

Framework Contract to Support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive

European Commission, DG Climate Action | The implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) poses enormous challenges to the Member States as well as to the European Commission. The main objective of this framework contract was to provide advice on scientific, socio-economic and technical issues related to the WFD on an as-needed basis.

Framework contract to support development and implementation of EU freshwater policies

European Commission, DG Environment | The protection of Europe’s water resources is a high priority for the European Union. Since the 1970s, the European Union adopted various legislative and policy measures to protect water from pollution and to reduce risks to human health.

Assessing Water Framework Directive Pressures and Measures

European Commission, DG Climate Action | In 2010, the European Parliament announced that it would make €1.5 million available for a "top-down" assessment of the RBMPs to carry out a more in-depth analysis of certain identified subjects including governance, development of methodologies, integration in the WFD programme of measures, and economic aspects and integration.

Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources

European Commission, DG Environment | This project supported the impact assessment of the Blueprint by bringing together the output of the assessment of River Basin Management Plans, the review of Water Scarcity and Droughts policy, and the Fitness Check by conducting cross-cutting analyses and linking previous studies and research projects.

Mekong river Basin Development Plan (BDP) Programme – Study visit to the Danube River Basin

Mekong River Commission | The Mekong River's Basin Development Programme (BDP) 2011-2015 was designed to facilitate and support the implementation of the Basin Development Strategy. The 2012 work plan included a study visit to the Danube Basin for ‘technical middle managers’ involved in the implementation of the Strategy.

Gap analysis of the EU policy on water scarcity & droughts

European Commission, DG Climate Action | The study synthesised knowledge on water scarcity & droughts in the EU to provide input to the “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water”.

Climate proofing of EU policies

European Commission, DG Climate Action | This study assessed the most significant threats and challenges posed by climate change to the EU by focussing on policy areas of particular relevance for the EU budget and where no or little action has been taken so far.

Status of the Water Framework Directive implementation process in EU Member States

Seges | At the 2012 Plant Congress in Denmark, which took place from 10-12 January 2012, FT gave a presentation on the status of the WFD implementation with a focus on how the different EU Baltic Sea countries are dealing with agriculture pressures and how they designated hydromorphological water bodies.

Water Framework Directive & municipal enterprises

Verband kommunaler Unternehmen Österreichs (VKÖ) | Fresh Thoughts provided training on the Water Framework Directive to representatives from community services.

EU Water pricing for agriculture

European Commission, DG Climate Action | The focus of this study was to provide a general overview of the use of water pricing and water allocation policies in Europe.

Water Framework Directive and Hydropower

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | The 2nd European CIS workshop on Water Management, WFD & Hydropower was held to exchange information and experiences gained in relation to hydropower development under the Water Framework Directive.

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong Region I

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | This project aimed to strengthen the capacities of relevant institutions to adapt to changes in flood patterns resulting from climate change in the lower Mekong basin.

Support to the International Conference on Watershed Management

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | In the context of the International Conference “From Local Watershed Management to Integrated River Basin Management at National and Transboundary Levels”, Fresh Thoughts prepared and presented the keynote presentation for topic 3 of the conference on “Economics and Financing issues in watershed management perspectives from Europe”.

Cost Effectiveness Analysis within the Water Framework Directive

Office National de l’Eau et des Milieux Aquatiques (ONEMA), France | The aim of this study was to provide an overview and evaluate the application of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) methods in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in France and in Europe.

Agriculture in the Baltic Sea

Federation of Swedish Farmers, Sweden | Fresh Thoughts supported the conference by preparing the Panel discussion.

5th Danube Summit, Conference & Exhibition

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