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Summary of expected results

The actions described in the section ‘Action groups’ will lead to the following results (full list of results found in single actions description):

  • Review of approaches and methods used in Italy for the preparation of RBMPs.
  • Analysis of measures proposed in WFD catchment management plans in two or more relevant Italian areas.
  • Guidelines and field protocols updated to the best available techniques for WFD implementation.
  • Collection of data (hydro-morphological, physico-chemical and biological) to assess variability at natural and impacted sites.
  • Evaluation of the relationships between variability in hydro-morphological and physico-chemical conditions and aquatic community response.
  • Characterisation of physico-chemical, hydrological, habitat features and uptake length measurement of the study river reaches.
  • Evaluation of nutrients retention in relation to habitat quality, hydro-morphological features and biological communities in rivers.
  • Collation of long temporal series of nitrogen concentration in atmospheric deposition and lake and river water.
  • Evaluation of the effects of nitrogen pollution on lakes and rivers and suggestions for improvement of RBMPs.
  • Classification of study sites and catchements according to the most up to date WFD classification tools.
  • Evaluation of uncertainty in BQE metrics and EQRs calculation, including temporal and spatial variability.
  • Suggestions for improvement of RBMPs and Programmes of Measures as far as uncertainty in classification issues is concerned.
  • Organization of workshops to demonstrate results gained on classification items and update of RBMPs.
  • Evaluation of potential effects of uncertainty of classification due to local hydro-morphological and habitat variability on the proposed WFD RBMPs, for the study areas.
  • Dissemination of results via the web-site, deliverables, scientific and technical reports and organization of  a final conference.