UK TAG is a partnership of the UK environment and conservation agencies which was set up by the UK Administrations. It was created to provide coordinated advice on the the science and technical aspects of the European Union's Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). This Directive sets an enormous challenge in meeting the objectives of the improvement and the protection of the water environment and is the major driver for the sustainable management of water in the UK. The water environment includes all rivers, canals, lakes, estuaries, wetlands and coastal waters as well as water under the ground.
Our Resources section has produced technical guidance which includes work needed to meet the aims of the Directive and is split into the following categories:
- Environmental standards
- Assessing the status of the water environment
- Characterisation of the water environment
- Setting objectives for the water environment
- River basin planning
You can search for information on our resources through this site using the prompts on the left.
Our stakeholder section shows the current stakeholder review which starts on the 26th April until the 8th June 2012. These reviews are open consultations and ask for your comments on the proposals outlined. The process for stakeholder reviews, draft reports, the questions asked, stakeholder comments, how these were addressed and the final products can all be found here.
The about us section explains in more detail who is involved and how the work is divided up into task teams.
For more information on the Water Framework Directive and UK TAG's work then refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section.