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Water Framework Directive short term action

Demonstration on the Cecina river bed (Tuscany - Italy) of the use and cost effectiveness of Earth Observation derived information products in support to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD)

Project References
 Title Water Framework Directive short term action
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Land
 Cost €100k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (06/2003-03/2004)
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Project Description

The EU Member States, Norway and the European Commission have jointly developed a common strategy for supporting the implementation of the Directive 2000/60/EC establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy - the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The main aim of this strategy is to allow a coherent and harmonious implementation of this Directive. Overall, the WFD key objective is to achieving good water status for all waters by 2015.

One of the main short-term objectives of the strategy is the development of non-legally binding and practical guidance on various technical implementation of the Directive. For this purpose the participating countries have proposed pilot river basins (PRB) to apply and test guidelines of the WFD in the context of a common implementation strategy. Italy has committed to carry out the testing in two river basins: the Cecina as example for mainly local involvement and the Tevere as a large river flowing through several regions.

The short-term action on Cecina intended to:

  • demonstrate the use and cost effectiveness of Earth Observation derived information products for the WFD,
  • involve the users in the process from the beginning and
  • stimulate the process of integration of EO derived information products in middle and long-term observation schemes of the WFD.

The geographical area was the river bed of Cecina in Toscany/Italia with approximately 900 sqkm size and the related coastal zone.

 Results Final Report
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor CESIA : Centre for the Application of Computer Science in Agriculture
 Subcontractors TRE : Tele-Rilevamento Europa - T.R.E. s.r.l.
User Partnership
 Users ARPA-Toscana : Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment - Tuscany
Contact Points
 Project Manager Claudio Conese
Via Giovanni Caproni 8
I-50145 Florence
Tel: +39 055-301422 / 055-315740
Fax: +39 055-308910
 Technical Officer Frank Martin Seifert
European Space Agency ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel.: +39 06-941.80560
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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