The EC Water Framework Directive applies to all member states and their regions. However the transposition and implementation of the Directive in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter. Policy responsibility for the implementation of the WFD in the four devolved areas lies with:

This section seeks to clarify the minor differences in the four devolved areas. To help with understanding of the WFD we have also included general information on each area relating to the water environment. Clicking on any of the bulleted highlights takes you to the next section.

The Secretary of State and Ministers set the policy framework and are responsible for approving objectives set out in River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs).

Much of the implementation work is undertaken by the Competent Authorities, which are:

See also the following Information Note on this website:


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