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ORGANISATIONS  

Asia Pacific ...

Water Policy in the European Union
This site attempts to provide further information on the different pieces of environment legislation (and related policies) in the European Community which contribute to a major part that clean water in sufficient quantity becomes a reality all over Europe. Search for "guide", as many pubications are not obvious!
http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/water

WEPA - Water Environment Partnership in Asia

WEPA, in cooperation with 13 countries in Asia, aims to promote good governance in water environment management by providing necessary, relevant information and knowledge, through a series of databases. Information collected through WEPA activities is shared by the WEPA Database, which consists of 4 individual databases, namely Policies, Technologies, NGOs’ and CBOs’ activities and Sources of water-related information.


http://www.wepa-db.net/

Europe ...

British Water
A leading UK organisation organisatiuon representing the collective interests of the UK water industry at home and overseas.
http://www.britishwater.co.uk/

Communication & Information Resource Administrator
Uesful information hub for all aspects of the work of the European Commission. Links to many on-line forums implementing various EU Directives
http://forum.europa.eu.int

Environment Policy in the European Union
This site attempts to provide further information on the different pieces of environment legislation (and related policies) in the European Community which contribute to a major part that clean water in sufficient quantity becomes a reality all over Europe. Search for "guide", as many pubications are not obvious!
http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/water/

EU Water Framework Directive
The Water Framework Directive is the most substantial piece of water legislation to date. It requires all inland and coastal waters to reach "good status" by 2015. It will do this by establishing a river basin district structure within which demanding environmental objectives will be set, including ecological targets for surface waters.
http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2000/l_327/l_32720001222en00010072.pdf

EuropeAid Co-operation Office
EuropeAid Co-operation Office's mission is to implement the external aid instruments of the European Commission which are funded by the European Community budget and the European Development Fund. The Office is responsible for all phases of the project cycle, identification and appraisal of projects and programmes, preparation of financing decisions, implementation and monitoring, evaluation of projects and programmes.
http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/index_en.htm

European Committe for Standardisation
CEN's mission is to promote voluntary technical harmonization in Europe in conjunction with worldwide bodies and its partners in Europe.
http://www.cenorm.be

European Environment Agency
The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public
http://www.eea.eu.int

European Topic Centre on Water
The European Topic Centre on Water (ETC/WTR) is an international consortium brought together to support the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its mission to deliver timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-makers and the public for the development and implementation of sound environmental policies
http://water.eionet.eu.int

Guide to the Approximation of EU Environmental Legislation
On-line guide to the Approximation of European Union Environmental Legislation. Part 2 - includes A-Introduction B-Air Quality C-Waste Management D-Water Quality E-Nature Protection F-Industrial Pollution Control and Risk Management G-Chemicals and GMO's.
http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/guide/part2d.htm

Institute for Environment and Sustainability
One of the constituents of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Provides scientific and technical support to the European Union strategies for protecting the environment
http://www.ei.jrc.it

The European Union Portal to European Union Law
Key site for direct access to all important water legislation, including Urban Waste Water Directive 1991, Water Framework Directive 2000
http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en

The Planning Inspectorate
Useful source of procedures and downloads regarding the UK planning process.
http://www.planning-inspectorate.gov.uk

UK TAG - Technical Advisory Group on the Water Framework Directive
UKTAG is a partnership of the UK environment and conservation agencies which was set up by the UK-wide WFD policy group consisting of UK government administrations. It was created to provide coordinated advice on the the science and technical aspects of the European Union's Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). This Directive sets an enormous challenge in meeting the objectives of the improvement and the protection of the water environment and is the major driver for the sustainable management of water in the UK.
http://www.wfduk.org/about-uktag

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
The broad aim of UNECE’s environment activities is to safeguard the environment and human health, and to promote sustainable development in its member countries in line with Agenda 21. The practical aim is to reduce pollution so as to minimize environmental damage and avoid compromising environmental conditions for future generations.
http://www.unece.org/env/

Water Regulations Advisory Scheme
The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme is managed for the UK water industry by WRc-NSF Ltd and aims to promote knowledge of the Water Regulations throughout the UK and to encourage their consistent interpretation and enforcement, for the prevention of waste, undue consumption, misuse, erroneous measurement or contamination of water.
http://www.wras.co.uk/

Water UK
Water UK represents UK water and wastewater services at national and European level, working with government, regulators and stakeholder organisations to develop policy and and improve understanding of the business of water.
http://www.water.org.uk/index.php

Welsh Assembly Government - Technical Advice Note (TAN) 15 - Development and Flood Risk - 1998
The Welsh equivalent of PPG25. Technical Advice Notes and Circulars should be taken into account by local planning authorities in Wales in the preparation of development plans. They may be material to decisions on individual planning applications and will be taken into account by the Secretary of State and his Inspectors in the determination of called-in applications and appeals.
http://www.wales.gov.uk/subiplanning/content/tans/tan15/tan_15_hpg_e.htm

Global ...

Global Water Partnership
The Global Water Partnership is a working partnership among all those involved in water management: government agencies, public institutions, private companies, professional organizations, multilateral development agencies and others committed to the Dublin-Rio principles, actively identifying critical knowledge needs at global, regional and national levels, helps design programs for meeting these needs, and serves as a mechanism for alliance building and information exchange on integrated water resources management.
http://www.gwpforum.org

Global Water System Project (GWSP)
The Global Water System Project (GWSP) of the Global Environmental Change Programmes IHDP, WCRP, IGBP and Diversitas. Humans are increasingly modifying the Global Water System, without adequate understanding how the system works. Water-related problems and trends are now global in scope and reverberate through the system. The Global Water System Project is dedicated to new interdisciplinary and global-scale research, to improve the knowledge of and responsible interaction with the Global Water System.
http://www.gwsp.org/

The Right to Water
This website, launched on Human Rights Day 2003, has been established by WaterAid and Rights and Humanity, in cooperation with FAN, as part of the contribution to the International Year of Freshwater 2003. Its aims are to provide information on relevant policy commitments and explain the concepts and theories of human rights law with respect to the right to water, disseminate General Comment No 15 adopted by the UN Committee on Economic, Socialand Cultural Rights confirming and interpreting the right to water and promote the use of the right to water as a tool for community empowerment, advocacy and legal redress.
http://www.righttowater.org.uk/

The World Water Council
The World Water Council is the International Water Policy Think Tank dedicated to strengthening the world water movement for an improved management of the world's water resources.
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org

Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database
To aid in the assessment of the process of water conflict prevention and resolution, over the years we have developed this Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, a project of the Oregon State University Department of Geosciences. Includes Atlases and Databases of Freshwater Treaties and International River Basin Register. This register lists the world's international river basins, delineated by continent.
http://www.transboundarywaters.orst.edu/

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
Comprehensive site of the UN, the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural developement. Many useful publications and information sources related to water
http://www.fao.org

World Bodies ...

UNESCO Water Portal
The UNESCO Water Portal is intended to enhance access to information related to freshwater available on the World Wide Web. The site provides links to the current UNESCO and UNESCO-led programmes on freshwater and will serve as an interactive point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related organizations, government bodies and NGOs, including a range of categories such as water links, water events, learning modules and other on-line resources.
http://www.unesco.org/water/


ACADEMIC LINKS  

Global ...

IWMI - International Water Management Institute - Policy Briefing Notes
The Water Policy Briefing series presents new perspectives and solutions to water problems in developing countries. Each briefing is based on peer-reviewed research that challenges policy makers and planners to think differently about the way water is managed for agriculture. The series has grown out of research conducted by the IWMI-TATA Water Policy Program in India, which recommends solutions to India's water crisis. It is now being expanded to provide policy recommendations from the research of the International Water Management Institute and its partners.
http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/waterpolicybriefing/

The World Water Forum
The second World Water Forum was an initiative launched by the World Water Council. To guide the World Water Vision Excercise, in 1998 the Council convened the World Water Commission.
http://www.worldwaterforum.net/


CONFERENCES  

Europe ...

Conferences in Water Engineering and Management
CIWEM hosted conferences and seminars on all aspects of water supply, treatment, water resources and EU Directives implementation.
http://www.ciwem.org.uk/events

Water Framework Directive: Are You Prepared?
28 September 2004 - Aston University, Birmingham, School of Engineering. 1 day conference: WFD - Key Steps in Implementation, Water Users perspective.
http://cel.conferences.aston.ac.uk


GUEST FEATURE  

Water Experts Network
Water Experts Network is a virtual network of freelance water experts from all over the world.
http://water-experts-network.org


OTHER USEFUL LINKS  

Europe ...

European Union Center Funding Information
EU CENTER is a non-profit initiative and it is maintained and managed by the Budapest based EUROPA MEDIA KHT. The primary aim of this website is to provide practical assistance to institutions of higher education, municipalities and small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe about EU funding opportunities. EU CENTER is a totally independent forum, mainly for potential project proposers and it is not linked neither related to the European Commission.
http://www.eucenter.org/