- Undertaking the economic analyses of water uses
The primary objective of the economic analysis of water uses is (i) to assess how important water is for the economy and socio-economic development of the river basin, and (ii) to pave the way for the assessment of significant water uses and analysis of disproportionate costs. (i) The economic analysis of water uses is used to construct the general economic profile of the river basin and of its key water uses and significant pressures in terms of:
- Economic analysis of water uses, e.g. collating information for significant water uses on gross income, turnover, number of beneficiaries, agricultural and industrial area or employment, etc as considered relevant;
- Stressing the importance of water for economic and regional development and the evidence of this importance provided in existing economic strategies and plans; and
- Areas designated for the protection of economically significant aquatic species, as input into the register of protected areas required under Article 7 and Annex IV of the Directive.