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					NE Atlantic GIG Workplan Version 3 September 2004


    Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Strategy

    NE ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP
                       (NEA GIG)
                        WORK PLAN – Version 3, September, 2004



     1. OBJECTIVES

The overall objective to is to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in
respect to the Intercalibration process as specified in Annex V Section 1.4 for the Transitional and
Coastal (Trac) Waters categories in the North East Atlantic Geographical Area. The main
objective is to achieve consistency and comparability of the classification results from the
monitoring systems developed in all GIG member states. For the agreed common monitoring
systems or classification metrics the objective is to agree on recommendations for boundaries
between the high/good and good/moderate status classes which are consistent with the
normative definitions specified in Annex V of the WFD. The final objective is to meet the reporting
requirements for the GIG as required by the timetable set by EU Working Group 2A Ecological
Status (WG2A Ecostat) to enable them to meet their reporting obligations to the Strategic Co-
ordination Group, Water Directors and the Water Framework Directive Committee. The objectives
and obligations for the whole intercalibration process are detailed in the WG2A Ecostat document
“Guidance on the Intercalibration Process”.


     2. EXPECTED OUTCOMES

The main outcomes from the workplan for the GIG will be:

-    Agreement of the common intercalibration method/metric for the individual biological quality
     elements leading to the selection of a chosen option for intercalibration as specified in the
     WG2A Ecostat document “Guidance on the Intercalibration Process”.
-    Collection of data for the chosen method/metric across the GIG.
-    Agreement on recommendations for common reference conditions for the biological quality
     elements for each common European Intercalibration type.
-    Agreement on recommendations for the boundary setting protocol to identify the high/good
     and good/moderate boundaries for the chosen method/metric for the biological quality
     elements.
-    Interim reports on progress from the GIG expert quality element sub-groups to the GIG Co-
     ordinator. Interim reports from the GIG Co-ordinator to JRC and on to WG2A Ecostat.
-    Final type-specific report from the GIG including EQR boundary values.


     3. ORGANISATION AND WORKING METHODS

The NEA GIG covers 11 countries, Portugal, Spain, France, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands,
Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. All members have appointed a national lead contact
(Appendix 1). GIG meetings will be called as required, initially just before each reporting deadline
from the GIG to JRC and WG2A Ecostat. Most of the work will be done in informal sub-groups of
the main GIG responsible for the biological quality elements, benthic invertebrates, plants
(phytoplankton, macroalgae and angiosperms) and fish (only mandatory in transitional waters).
These groups will meet as required in order to meet the requirements of the overall timetable.




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GIG Co-ordination

Dave Jowett from the Environment Agency (England and Wales) UK will act as GIG Co-ordinator.
Support will be provided in kind by the EA and SEPA in the UK.

Co-ordination of sub-groups

There are no formally appointed co-ordinators of the three expert sub-groups. However first
meetings are to be hosted by Sweden (benthic invertebrates) and the UK (plants and fish).
Working methods and project co-ordination will be decided at these meetings. (Section to be
updated following sub-group meetings).

Decision taking

The GIG and expert sub-groups will operate by consensus. Where consensus cannot be
reached on any point the different points of view will be reported and taken to WG2A Ecostat for
resolution.

Development of discussion papers

The GIG and its expert sub-groups will be responsible for producing discussion papers. The
expert sub-groups will produce progress reports, which will be combined into overall GIG reports
by the GIG Co-ordinator.

Reporting Relationship

The GIG reports to the EU WFD Working Group 2A Ecological Status. Reports to WG2A will be
made by the GIG Co-ordinator as required (see section 6, Timetable).

    4. WORK PROGRAMME

The work programme for the GIG will follow the guidance given to the group by WG2A Ecostat
detailed in the document “Guidance on the Intercalibration Process”. At the initial inception
meeting of the GIG held in The Hague, Netherlands on 2-3 June 2004, it was decided that the
way forward was to operate through expert sub-groups, choosing one of the Options given in the
Guidance, for each individual biological quality elements, with the outputs then being collected
together into reports from the whole GIG. The overall work programme is detailed in section 6,
Timetable. The initial conclusions from the sub-groups during the first GIG meeting were as
follows (note that not all countries were represented in the sub-groups):

Benthic Invertebrates
- Concluded that no common monitoring system was in place in all GIG countries. (Option 1).
- Agreed to test the use of the AZTI Marine Biotic Index (AMBI) as a common metric and if it is
   suitable to calibrate each member states assessment systems against it. (Option 2).
- Agreed that the AMBI index could only initially be applied to coastal waters and high salinity
   areas within transitional waters. The index may be developed further to apply on lower salinity
   areas but other metrics may have to be considered.
- Agreed that testing of other assessment systems should take place at a selection of sites
   across the GIG. (Option 3).
- The overall approach will be a hybrid of Options 2 and 3.

Plants (Phytoplankton, macroalgae and angiosperms)
- Concluded that no common monitoring system was in place in all GIG countries. (Option 1).
- Agreed that chlorophyll could be used as a common metric. However different monitoring
   systems are in place for chlorophyll in member states so initially data would be assessed
   individually and then compared. (Option 3). It may be possible to come to a common



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    agreement on assessment criteria e.g. using the OSPAR Comprehensive Procedure and
    agree common boundary criteria. (Option 2). So the overall approach for chlorophyll is likely
    to be a hybrid of Options 2 and 3.
- Further work is required to agree approaches to intercalibration of phytoplankton species and
    macroalgae and angiosperm assessment systems.
Fish
- Concluded that no common monitoring system was in place in all GIG countries. (Option 1).
- Identified four common metrics, species richness, number of estuarine resident species,
    number of diadromous species and number of marine juvenile species. (Option 2).
- No common metric was available which included abundance of species. Member states own
    methods of assessing abundance would have to be initially used. (Option 3).
- Identified that there was scope to agree a common sampling strategy and that the four
    agreed metrics could be combined into a new common index. There is a possibility of
    developing an Option 1 approach in this area.

(NB: A fully itemised work programme cannot be itemised until the expert sub-groups
have met during September-November 2004. This section will updated following these
meetings.)

    5. FINANCING THE PROJECT

Member States will cover the costs of attending GIG and sub-group meetings and any costs they
incur producing the required outcomes.

Volunteers will be sought to host both full GIG meetings and any sub-group meetings required.
The hosts will incur costs for any meeting venues, refreshments and if possible at least one
dinner during the meetings. Attendees will be required to fund their own travel and hotel
accommodation.

In addition to the costs outlined above, Table 1 gives an overview of the further contributions
required to the project by each of the GIG members.
Table 1: Suggested in kind and financial contributions by GIG members
Activity                   Contribution    Size         of    Suggested          Contribution
                                           required cash      contributor        confirmed
                                           contribution
Main GIG meetings          In kind         € 3,000 per        UK                 Y
hosting                                    meeting            Netherlands        Y
                                                              France             Y
                                                              Others             N
Notes of Main GIG and      In kind                            UK                 Y
sub-group group
meetings
Sub-Group meeting          In kind         € 3,000      per   Sweden (Benthic    Y
hosting                                    meeting            Inverts)
                                                              UK (Plants)        Y
                                                              UK (Fish)          Y
GIG Co-ordinator’s         In kind                            UK (EA)            Y
Time
Sub-Group Co-              In kind                            UK                 Y
ordinator’s Time                                              Sweden             Y




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GIG Co-ordinator’s         In kind          €   750       per   UK (EA)               Y
travel and subsistence                      meeting
costs to attend Ecostat
and Intercalibration
meetings




   6.6. TIMETABLE                                                                                        Formatted: Bullets and Numbering

The following milestones and deliverables are expected.

2-3 June 2004          First GIG meeting held in The Hague, Netherlands.
                       GIG co-ordinator confirmed (Dave Jowett, EA, UK).
July 2004              Progress report made to WG2A Ecostat meeting, Ispra, Italy.
July-Sept 2004         Produce first draft workplan (GIG Co-ordinator) and send to JRC.
                       Benthic Inverts sub-group meets Sweden 22-24 September
                       - Agrees option and common metrics
                       - Agrees data collection and analysis requirements
                       - Agrees workplan for sub-group
                       - Output reported to GIG Co-ordinator
October 2004           Progress report made to WG2A Ecostat meeting, Ispra, Italy.
                       Plants sub-group meets UK 19-20 October
                       - Agrees option and common metrics
                       - Agrees data collection and analysis requirements
                       - Agrees workplan for sub-group
                       - Output reported to GIG Co-ordinator
                       COAST expert group meeting 28-29 October Edinburgh UK.
Nov 2004-Jan 2005      Fish sub-group meets UK 23-24 November
                       - Agrees option and common metrics
                       - Agrees data collection and analysis requirements
                       - Agrees workplan for sub-group
                       - Output reported to GIG Co-ordinator
                       GIG workplan revised as result of sub-group meetings (GIG Co-ordinator)
                       Sub-groups continue to liaise, review boundary criteria, collect data and
                       agree reference conditions.
February 2005          Full GIG meeting Bordeaux, France (tbc)
                       Report GIG progress on boundary setting protocol, reference conditions
                       and data requirements to JRC (GIG Co-ordinator)
March 2005             Progress report made to WG2A Ecostat meeting, Ispra, Italy.
March-Aug 2005         Sub-groups continue to liaise to:
                       -   collate data sets to apply boundary setting protocol for all types
                       -   apply boundary setting protocol for all types (including setting values for
                           reference conditions and good ecological status boundary values for common
                           metrics or national metrics
                       - identify intercalibration sites representing agreed class boundaries (all
                           options) and start compiling data for assessing comparability between
                           Member States using those sites
                       - collate data sets relating common metrics with Member State’s national
                           metrics and propose EQR values for national metrics using these data
September 2005         Full GIG meeting (tbc)
                       Report GIG progress on application of boundary setting protocol and
                       identification of intercalibration sites representing agreed class
                       boundaries to JRC (GIG Co-ordinator)
October 2005           Progress report made to WG2A Ecostat meeting, Ispra, Italy.



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Oct 2005-Jan 2006    Sub-groups continue to liaise to:
                     - Finalise data collection, review boundary setting protocol, develop EQRs
                     and evaluate progress with chosen option
February 2006        Report GIG progress on application of boundary setting protocol and
                     identify inconsistencies within the GIG to JEC (GIG Co-ordinator)
                     Progress report made to WG2A Ecostat meeting, Ispra, Italy.
Feb-May 2006         Sub-groups continue to liaise to resolve any outstanding issues,
                     inconsistencies and agree final boundary setting rules, EQRs, and agree
                     final intercalibration site list.
May-June 2006        Final full GIG meeting
                     Sub-groups present type specific reports including EQR boundary values
                     and identified sites representing good status boundaries
                     Final GIG report sent to JRC (GIG Co-ordinator)
                     Final report to WG2A Ecostat meeting, Ispra Italy.




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NEA GIG Timeline

Task                                                                    2004                               2005                              2006
                                                            J   J   A    S O   N   D   J   F   M   A   M   J J    A   S O   N   D   J   F   M A     M   J
First GIG meeting
Progress report given to ECOSTAT 2A WG                          R
Benthic Invertebrate sub-Group meeting
Plants sub-group meeting
COAST Expert Group meeting
Fish sub-group meeting
Revision of GIG work plan following sub-group meetings
Sub-groups continue to liaise, review boundary criteria,
collect data and agree reference conditions
NEA GIG Meeting
Report GIG progress to WG2A Ecostat meeting                                                    R
Sub-groups continue to liaise
NEA GIG Meeting
Report GIG progress to WG2A Ecostat meeting                                                                             R
Sub-groups continue to liaise
Report progress on boundary setting protocol and
identify inconsistencies with GIG to JRC
Sub-groups liaise to resolve any outstanding issues,
inconsistencies, agree final boundary setting rules, EQRs
and final site list
NEA GIG Meeting
Sub-groups present type specific reports
Final GIG report sent to JRC and presented at WG2A
                                                                                                                                                        R
Ecostat meeting




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Appendix 1

NE Atlantic GIG (Transitional and Coastal waters) Main Contact List


  Country               Name, surname           e-mail:                        Institution:                     Address:            Phone:       Fax:
Belgium     contact     Erika Van den Bergh     Erika.van.den.bergh@instnat.be Institute of Nature Conservation Kliniekstraat 25    +32 (0)2     +32 (0)2/
                                                                                                                B-1070 Brussels     558 18 20    558 18 05
Denmark     contact     Jens Brøgger Jensen     jbj@mst.dk                      Ministry of Environment, Danish Strandgade 29,      +45 32 66    +45 32 66
                                                                                EPA, Water                      DK-1401             04 41        05 00
                                                                                                                Copenhagen
Denmark     contact     Henning P. Karup        hpk@mst.dk                      Ministry of Environment, Danish Strandgade 29,      +45 32 66      +45 32
                                                                                EPA, Water                      DK-1401             04 47        66 05 00
                                                                                                                Copenhagen
France      contact     Franck Bruchon          bruchon.franck@aesn.fr          Agence de l'Eau Seine-          rue de l'Homme-     02.31.81.90. 02.31.81.9
                                                                                Normandie, DEPEE - Dlgation     de-Bois 14600       00.          0.09.
                                                                                au Littoral et la Mer 21        HONFLEUR
Germany     contact     Marc Herlyn             marc.herlyn@nloe.niedersach Niedersaechsisches Landesamt An der Muehle 5,           *49 (0) 4932 *49 (0)
                                                sen.de                          für Oekologie, Forschungsstelle D-26548             916 165      4932 1394
                                                                                Kueste                          Norderney
Ireland     contact     Peter Cunningham        p.cunningham@epa.ie             EPA                             Richview            353 1
                                                                                                                Clonskeagh Road,    2680100
                                                                                                                Dublin 14
Netherlands contact      J.T. van Buuren        j.t.vbuuren@rikz.rws.minvenw.nl RIKZ - National Institute for   PO Box 20907        +31 (0)70    +31 (0)70
                                                                                Coastal and Marine              2500 EX The         311 4357     311 4300
                                                                                Management                      Hague The
                                                                                                                Netherlands
Norway      contact     Frithjof Moy            frithjof.moy@niva.no            Norwegian Institute for Water   Televeien 3, N-     + 47 37 29   + 47 37 04
                                                                                Research (NIVA), Branch Office 4879 Grimstad,       50 71        45 13
                                                                                South                           Norway
Portugal    contact     Alice Newton            anewton@ualg.pt                 Universidade do Algarve/IMAR FCT-Gambelas           351 919 110 351 289
                                                                                                                Campus,             026         819 403
                                                                                                                Universidade do
                                                                                                                Algarve, 8000-117
                                                                                                                Faro, Portugal
Spain       contact     María J. Rodríguez de   mjrodriguez@mma.es              Ministry of Environment         Plaza de San Juan   34 91 597    34 91 597
                        Sancho                                                                                  de la Cruz, s/n     6652         6902
                                                                                                                Madrid




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Sweden      contact        Malin Gunnarsson   malin.gunnarsson@naturvardsve Swedish Environmental         Blekaholmsterasse     +46 8     46 698 15
                                              rket.se                       Protection Agency             n 36, S-106 48        6981276   85
                                                                                                          Stockholm
UK          Co-ordinator   Dave Jowett        dave.jowett@environment-      Environment Agency (England   Rombourne             44 1454   44 1454
                                              agency.gov.uk                 and Wales)                    House, 130 Aztec      284414    284302
                                                                                                          West,
                                                                                                          Almondsbury,
                                                                                                          Bristol, UK, BS32
                                                                                                          4UB
UK          contact        Peter Holmes       Peter.Holmes@sepa.org.uk      SEPA                          5 Redwood             44 1355   44 1355
                                                                                                          Crescent, East        574240    574688
                                                                                                          Kilbridge, Glasgow,
                                                                                                          UK, G74 5PP




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