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The survey of the international river basin Rhine required by the European Water Framework Directive was accomplished in 2004. Nine states participated and described the survey of the international river basin Rhine required by the European Water Framework Directive was accomplished in 2004. Nine states participated and described the chemical and ecological state of rivers, lakes and coastal waters and estimated whether waters will achieve the environmental targets prescribed.

In the higher regions of the Alps and the Vosges environmental targets will probably be achieved, while densely settled areas with industry and intensive use are today unlikely to achieve them. The same applies to the coastal region.

The comprehensive report on the results of the WFD survey for the International River Basin District Rhine (Report, Part A) was presented to the European Commission on 22 March 2005.

The nine detailed subordinated reports of the survey on the sub basisns (reports part B) can be downloaded here.

Documents

The brochure „Rhine unlimited“ (PDF 1.8 MB) contains the most important results of the survey.