related to groundwater-river interactions by improving knowledge transfers to policy
makers and water managers. Groundwater is a key factor in supporting ecological flows
(Eflows), both concerning quantity and quality of surface water required for Good Status
of aquatic ecosystems. We want to draw attention to the recommendations concerning
groundwater and associated aquatic ecosystems made by the EU CIS working groups on
groundwater and Eflows in the respective WFD documents (to be) published in 2015. In
addition, this policy paper aims to emphasize the need for close cooperation between
these fields of expertise (groundwater and Eflows) to develop a mutually practical
approach to the issues related to groundwater-river interaction as a driver of ecological
condition. Moreover, this policy paper aims to stress that successful restoration of
groundwater-river connectivity and groundwater-dependent ecosystems requires
strategies for solutions at catchment scale.
This policy paper is the result of discussions that took place at a 3-day expert workshop
(Biebrza Valley, Poland, 15–17 September 2014) organized by the REFORM project on the relevance of groundwater-surface water interactions in European actions oriented at
sustainable water management. REFORM made a first step in combining groundwater
characteristics and pressures with stresses on rivers, floodplains and wetland ecosystems.
This work is currently being continued in the project FP7 projects MARS2 and GlobAqua3.
|Published - 2015
- groundwater surface water interactions, ecological flow, ecosystem services
- ecological flow
- sustainable groundwater abstraction
- Programme Area 2: Water Resources