Ecological status of surface waters in Europe, disaggregated assessment level

Policy Question
  Indicator codes: WAT 008

Key messages

(07 Jun 2021)

The Water Framework Directive aims to achieve good status for all rivers, lakes and transitional and coastal waters in the EU. Achieving good ecological status for surface waters is critical to this. According to countries’ second river basin management plans, good ecological status had been achieved for around 40% of surface waters (rivers, lakes and transitional and coastal waters) by 2015. However, these plans show only limited improvement in ecological status since the first plans were published in 2009, with ecological status remaining similar for most water bodies.

Read full indicator assessment


Document Actions