Guidance document on eutrophication assessment in the context of European water policies
European Commission. Directorate-General for the Environment
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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This document compares how eutrophication is understood, defined and assessed in different EC directives and other international policies. It develops a generic conceptual framework for the assessment of eutrophication which includes existing cause-effect relationships in both marine and freshwater ecosystems. The document is structured in two parts. The first part deals with the development of a common understanding of the processes involved in eutrophication from a technical and scientific point of view, in the context of different policies, and in the WFD concept of ecological status with respect to impacts caused by nutrient enrichment. The second part of the guidance gives an overview of current assessment methods and criteria for assessing eutrophication in different kinds of waters, gives guidance on the harmonisation of classification criteria, addresses the coordination of monitoring requirements stemming from different policies and obligations and discusses the links of eutrophication assessment with the pressure and impact analysis and the programme of measures.
Citation“2009. Guidance document on eutrophication assessment in the context of European water policies. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
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