SC120019 - Updating the Water Framework Mitigation Measures Manual

Theme:Sustainable Asset Management
Project status:Completed
Start date:01/10/2012
End date:20/09/2013
  • Erosion,
  • Flood Defence,
  • Fisheries,
  • environmental management,
  • sediment transport,
  • mitigation measures,
  • flood storage,
  • hydromorphology,
  • geomorphology,
  • conservation and ecology,
  • coastal zone management
  • Royal HaskoningDHV


The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is a European directive which aims to protect and improve the water environment. Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) activities can have a big impact (both positive and negative) on the water environment.

The WFD defines a list of mitigation measures (referred to as environmental improvements) which need to be implemented by a set deadlines (2015 or 2027) to improve the water environment.

Healthy Catchments is a web-based resource which provides you with a selection of case studies to give you ideas of how to implement environmental improvements when you undertake FCERM activities. It shows you that implementing the WFD need not be complicated. We can achieve exciting integrated solutions to improve the environment for communities and wildlife. Whilst this webpage focuses on FCERM it will also be of use to others involved in the management of rivers, drainage channels, estuaries and coasts.

To help those who are not office based we have summarised the content of the webpage below and appended the case studies in one PDF.

The webpage and associated case studies can be accessed here:


This summary relates to information from project SC120019 Updating the Water Framework Mitigation Measure Manual, reported in detail in the following

Webpage: Healthy Catchments - managing water for flood risk and the WFD

September, 2013

Project manager: Lydia Burgess-Gamble, Evidence Directorate.

Research Contractor: Phil Williamson, Royal