- 2.8 how do we involve them?
The timetable, which is linked to the program cycle of the Directive, as described in Section 3 is another determining factor in timing public participation. The different planning steps provide different possibilities for public participation. The Directive defines a number of phases and deadlines for its implementation, shown below (enumeration is not exhaustive).
By end of 2003
Identification of River Basin
Districts Assignment of the Competent Authorities
Transposition of the Directive into national legislation
By end of 2004
|Characterisation and Analysis (Art.4)|
Characterisation of the river basin district, review of the environmental impact of human activity and economic analysis of water use.
Assessment of the likelihood that surface water bodies within the river basin district will fail to meet the environmental quality objectives set for the bodies under Article 4 (gap analysis Annex II (1.5)).
By end of 2006
|Planning for establishing programs of measures and outline of river basin management plans|
Further characterisation for those bodies identified by the gap analysis as being at risk, in order to optimise the monitoring programme and the programme of measures.
Monitoring programmes start
|For Public information and consultation about the RBMP, MS make available for comments a timetable and work programme for the production of the RBMP (MS shall allow at least six months to comment on those documents).|
|For Public information and consultation about the RBMP, MS make available for comments an overview of the most important water management issues within the RBD (MS shall allow at least six months to comment on those documents).|
|For Public information and consultation about the RBMP, MS make available for comments a draft copy of River Basin Management Plan (MS shall allow at least six months to comment on those documents).|
|Final River Basin Management Plan published|
Programmes of measures shall be established.
Programmes of measures implemented
|Evaluation and updating, derogations|
Good water status achieved?
Objectives for Protected Areas achieved?
Establishing and publishing the next plans and programs
|Final deadline for achieving objectives, following 2 6-year prolongations|
In the next Sections the Guidance will describe how the three different degrees of participation can be organised in the different planning steps:
- active involvement (Section 3);
- 3-step consultation (Section 4);
- information supply (Section 5) .
As stated many times before, every process of consultation or active involvement is unique and depending on context and circumstances. Section 7 will help you to reflect on the public participation in your situation.
|Look out! Remember communication|
The backbone of public participation is two-way communication between the competent authorities, the participants and all other interested parties. Transfer of information between different planning steps is essential. Tools which support communication and interaction such as public meetings, interviews, workshops, websites, etc. are described in Annex I.
On land›01 - Iberic-Macaronesian region
On land›02 - Pyrenees
On land›03 - Italy, Corsica and Malta
On land›04 - Alps
On land›05 - Dinaric western Balkan
On land›06 - Hellenic western Balkan
On land›07 - Eastern Balkan
On land›08 - Western highlands
On land›09 - Central highlands
On land›10 - The Carpathians
On land›11 - Hungarian lowlands
On land›12 - Pontic province
On land›13 - Western plains
On land›14 - Central plains
On land›15 - Baltic province
On land›16 - Eastern plains
On land›17 - Ireland and Northern Ireland
On land›18 - Great Britain
On land›19 - Iceland
On land›20 - Borealic uplands
On land›21 - Tundra
On land›22 - Fenno-Scandian shield
On land›23 - Taiga
On land›24 - The Caucasus
On land›25 - Caspic depression