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Objectives and content of the workshop

The objective of the workshop is to provide support to the beneficiary countries in understanding and implementing the methodology of WFD compliant ecological classification.

The workshop is implemented in the context of Preparation of training plans and organization of hands-on trainings and training of trainers with regard to monitoring and laboratory analyses and to support laboratories for accreditation”. It aims at the contractors of the tenders about SWB delineation, representatives of authorities and experts on biological monitoring.

The workshop will:

provide a set of documents (guidelines, presentations) to the participants of the workshop in order to facilitate the principal understanding of the WFD with special focus on the development of ecological status classification systems (ESCS), promote the understanding of the mutual interlinkage between ecological, chemical and hydro-morphological classification as well as other aspects of the WFD in order to establish a comprehensive set of tools for the implementation of the RBMP, enable the participants of the workshop to identify pros and cons of different methodological approaches in other countries and to initiate an iterative process of improving the existing national methods or develop new methods for the next RBMP, prepare for the surveys within the EUWI+ project by identifying the methodological requirements and prerequisites, strengthen the contacts, relations and co-operation between the experts of the countries and the EUWI project team from UBA and IOW.

To cater the specific needs of the EUWI+ partner countries, the workshop is held over 2 days and dedicated to the countries Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. The workshop includes:

a repetition of the principles of the WFD an overview of the requirements for a WFD compliant assessment method an overview of the status quo in the EUWI countries regarding assessment methods a joint discussion along with practical exercises in sub-groups on the different steps of ESCS: e.g. typology, pressures, field and laboratory work, metric calculation, including supporting elements (hydromorphology, physical and chemical parameters).