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2.2.    Water quantity policies

EU water policy as formulated in the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is based on the objective of achieving good status of all EU waters by 2015 and looks in detail to chemical and biological status, as well as changes in hydro-morphology - expressed as ecological status. Except for groundwater the WFD is not directly designed to address quantitative water issues, although its goal includes mitigation of drought effects and its environmental objectives include finding a balance between abstraction and recharge of groundwater. Thus water quantity is only implicitly taken into account by requiring environmental flow boundaries to sustain freshwater ecosystems.

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