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Examples of WFD acting   as driver for restoration of urban water bodies

In several case studies reviewed for this report, the   implementation of the WFD and its strong focus on restoring water bodies to   achieve good status have acted as a key driver for urban restoration.

In Oslo, the WFD and its strong drive for restoring water   bodies have added to the political will to allocate resources to a de-culverting   strategy for urban streams. In   particular, for the major streams, defined as water bodies according   to the WFD, the de-culverting strategy is considered as a solid city   contribution to ensuring good ecological and chemical status in river water   bodies. The strategy is included as a measure in the WFD programme of measure   for the water area of Oslo.

In Vienna, the   projects of the City Administration for restoration of urban water bodies aim   at reaching the goals of the WFD, following the national WFD implementation   strategy. Restoration projects related to the urban River Liesing, River Wien   and the Old Danube are designed to be in line with the WFD requirements and   aim to improve “ecological potential”.

In Stockholm, the trigger and initial driver for the city   Water Programme and Action Plan for good water status has been the WFD and   its strong focus upon achieving good ecological and chemical status.

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  • Thomas Ofenböck (invited by Peter Kristensen) 24 Aug 2016 10:45:54

    Vienna: ...aim to improve the ecological status or the 'ecological potential'

    (the Old Danube is not a heavily water body, therefore ecological potential is not applicable in this case))

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