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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020. Indicator B7 – Surface water status 2020

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These documents support state indicator B7 – Surface water status. The documents include a datasheet.

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is an important mechanism for assessing and managing the water environment in the EU, through a 6-yearly cycle of planning and implementing measures to protect and improve the water environment. This indicator shows the percentage of surface water bodies in each status classification and assesses the change in the percentage of water bodies in the UK awarded a good or high surface water status classification under the WFD. Around 10,000 water body assessments are included in the indicator each year; including rivers, canals, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·10·15

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2020). UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were first published in 2007. They were created to provide a measure for reporting on the UK’s progress towards meeting international biodiversity goals and targets. The indicators were comprehensively reviewed during 2011 and 2012 to ensure they continued to be based on the most robust and reliable available data, and remained relevant to the new international goals and targets developed in 2010 and 2011.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Released under the Open Government Licence v3.0. Attribution statement "Contains public sector information from Defra, licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0"

Metadata date 2020·10·15

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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