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EU Policy Document on Natural Water Retention Measures


This EU policy document assist countries to implement natural water retention measures within the scope of European water policy. Natural water retention measures are multi-functional measures that aim to protect and manage water resources using natural means and processes. This type of measure is encouraged within the scope of the Water Framework Directive, the Floods Directive, the Habitats and Birds Directive.


The document describes the policy relevance of natural water retention measures and stimulates the uptake of NWRM as effective tools for achieving water and related policy objectives.

Reference information

European Commission


biodiversity, implementation, natural water retention measures, nature, policy relevance, uptake, water

Climate impacts

Droughts, Flooding, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions


Biodiversity, Water management

Geographic characterisation


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