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Data management


With the development of the European legislative corpus, which has grown considerably since the 1990s, it soon became obvious that the collection of paper-based reports to justify the implementation of European texts was insufficient and needed to establish structured and harmonized collections, which are the only way of guaranteeing the comparability of national situations.

To achieve these objectives, the ETC-Water, topic center of the European Environment Agency, has been entrusted with the task of creating the necessary structure for these collections (Reportnet) and some tools to visualize the collected data (Wise viewer, UWWTD viewer, E-PRTR viewer…).


IOWater experience

The International Office for Water has participated in several projects requiring data collection and assessments for the implementation of the Directives. For example, a project for the Environment Directorate General of the European Commission, carried out between 2005 and 2011 with INERIS, aimed at drawing up the list of priority substances * since adopted in a 2013 Directive (2013/39 / EC). This project led to the collection of 14.5 million analyses in 28 European countries and to the use of these data to produce documents for assessing contamination by these substances in order to decide whether they should be included in a European list.

Since 2012, the International Office for Water has supported the DG Environment in setting up a new information system to integrate, visualize and disseminate the data of the Waste Water Treatment Directive (see

Between 2013 and 2017, IOWater, supported by 11 partners, led the Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) project, which aimed to set up a knowledge hub on ecological engineering applied to water.


* The Water Framework Directive adopted in 2000 (2000/60 / EC) uses the concept of priority and dangerous substance to designate pollutants found in aquatic environments throughout Europe and whose use must be reduced or banned due to their impact on water.


Possible services

  • The International Office for Water offers its support to European Authorities, to set up support guides and practical tools needed for data collection, tools for analysis and representation or training for good data collection or to take charge of the tools developed to increase the quality of the collected data, for better implementation.
  • IOWater intervention can take place either at European level or at the level of a country.
  • IOWater has a team of engineer experts and doctors, including environmental developers, specialized thematic experts, and other specialized profiles to combine knowledge of the European organization and of its stakeholders and thematic skills. The flexibility of the organization allows defining a team focused on the problem to be dealt with.
  • IOWater experience and practice, as well as its neutrality vis-à-vis all the stakeholders involved, also enable to provide support and advice by proposing a pragmatic and effective solution that can alleviate the conflicts between stakeholders.




Start date End date Title of the project Continent Country Country
2020 2020 Development of a concept for a modern information system for the urban waste water treatment directive in Europe (SIIF 1) Europe Allemagne, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, Chypre, Croatie, Danemark, Espagne, Estonie, Finlande, France, Grèce, Hongrie, Irlande, Italie, Lettonie, Lituanie, Luxembourg, Malte, Norvège, Pays-Bas, Pologne, Portugal, République tchèque, Roumanie, Royaume-Uni, Slovaquie, Slovénie, Suède DE, AT, BE, BG, CY, HR, DK, ES, EE, FI, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, LV, LT, LU, MT, NO, NL, PL, PT, CZ, RO, GB, SK, SI, SE
2018 2019 Assistance à la mise en oeuvre du SIG. France, Europe France FR
2017 2018 Handbook Water Information Systems Africa, North America, Latin America and Carribbeans, Asia, Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, France, Mediterranean - Middle East, Indian and Pacific Ocean Australie, Chili, Chine, Cuba, Équateur, France, Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Laos, Mexique AU, CL, CN, CU, EC, FR, KZ, KG, LA, MX
2016 2021 Water Accountability in Transboundary Chu-Talas River Basins Central and Eastern Europe Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan KZ, KG
2016 2019 Works management assistance for the hydrological monitoring of the Congo Basin Africa Angola, Cameroun, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Gabon, République centrafricaine AO, CM, CG, CD, GA, CF
2014 2016 Mise en place du Système d'Information sur l'Environnement en Algérie (Jumelage) Mediterranean - Middle East Algérie DZ
2014 2014 Analysis of potential relevant options for joint Swiss / Austrian intervention in the water sector in Moldova Europe Moldavie MD
2013 2020 IMoMo /SDCproject- Support to the integrated and shared water data management on the water resources and water uses of transboundary basin of Chu (Kyrgyzstan / Kazakhstan) Asia, Central and Eastern Europe Kirghizistan KG
2013 2013 Support the definition of a "Knowledge Management action plan" aiming to reinforce Transboundary water management in Africa (project SITWA) Africa Burkina Faso BF
2013 2014 Gestion des données sur la qualité des eaux de baignade en Turquie Mediterranean - Middle East Turquie TR
2012 Pollutions diffuses dans les milieux aquatiques - Nitrates d'origine agricole Europe France FR
2010 2013 FFEM Project/ Capacity building in data administration for assessing transboundary water resources in the EECCA countries Europe, Central and Eastern Europe Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Moldavie, Ouzbékistan, Tadjikistan, Turkménistan, Ukraine KZ, KG, MD, UZ, TJ, TM, UA
2010 2013 FFEM Project/ Capacity building in data administration for assessing transboundary water resources in the EECCA countries Asia, Europe, Central and Eastern Europe Kazakhstan KZ
2010 2012 Vietnam MonRE/ Support to IWRM information system development Asia Vietnam VN
2010 2010 Etude de diagnostic des rejets de substances par l’utilisation des produits des ménages sur le bassin Seine Normandie France, Europe France FR
2010 2010 WSP/Consultant Services for the Development of the WatSan Platform for Rapid Development and Hosting of Country Water and Sanitation Internet Portals (Senegal/Uganda) Africa Ouganda, Sénégal UG, SN
2009 2010 Support to the implementation of an information system on water management in West Africa. Africa Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée-Bissau, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Nigeria, Sénégal, Togo BJ, BF, CI, GW, ML, MR, NE, NG, SN, TG
2009 2011 Support à la DG ENV pour la mise en œuvre de la DCE sur les substances prioritaires Europe France FR
2007 2016 SADIEau: towards a pan-African Water Information System for better integration of regional knowledge in local water management. Africa Burkina Faso BF
2007 2008 Web applications for of drinking water and bathing quality control data management in Turkey Mediterranean - Middle East Turquie TR
2005 2005 Technical assistance in implementation of WFD in Poland Central and Eastern Europe, Europe Pologne PL
2004 2005 Definition study for the information system on the Lower Var Valley Europe, France France FR
2004 2005 Assistance to the River Basin Agencies – ABH - focused on Information Systems Mediterranean - Middle East Algérie DZ
2003 2004 Twinning agreement - Hungary - Support to the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive Europe Hongrie HU
2003 2006 MEXICO : Technical assistance to the implementation of a National Water Information System North America Mexique MX
2002 2005 Réseau Aquadoc Massif Central Europe, France France FR
2002 2003 Twinning Bulgaria 2000: TWINNING REFERENCE N° BG/2000/IB/EN/01 Central and Eastern Europe, Europe Bulgarie BG
2002 2002 Pre-feasibility study for the establishment of a water data and information management system in Kosovo. Europe Serbie RS
2001 2003 Gestion transfrontalière du fleuve l'Irtych entre Kazhakstan et Russie - Volet système d'information Central and Eastern Europe, Asia Kazakhstan KZ
2001 2001 Twinning Romania 1998 - RO 98/IB EN 01 (a) Central and Eastern Europe, Europe Roumanie RO
2001 2003 Twinning agreement - Czech Republic - Support to the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive Europe République tchèque CZ
2000 2002 TACIS ENVRUS9801 project "Advice to the Ministry of Natural Resources on Water Management in Russia" Central and Eastern Europe Russie RU
2000 2000 Cooperation Central America North America Costa Rica CR
2000 2000 Twinning Poland PL98/IB-EN-01 Central and Eastern Europe, Europe Pologne PL
2000 2002 Twinning Bulgaria 2002 - N BG EN 99 03 Central and Eastern Europe, Europe Bulgarie BG
1999 2001 Sabarmati integrated river basin management Asia Inde IN
1999 1999 Brazil - Parana Sogreah Latin America and Carribbeans Brésil BR
1999 2008 Mise en place du SEMIDE "Système Euroméditerranéen d’Information dans le Domaine de l’Eau " Mediterranean - Middle East Burkina Faso BF
1999 2000 Integrated water management of the Bug, Latorica and Uzh rivers in Ukraina. Central and Eastern Europe, Europe Ukraine UA
1998 1999 French Hungarian Programme in the field of Water Data Management Europe, France France FR
1998 2001 Twinning Hungary 2001 - HU 98/IB-EN- 01 Europe Hongrie HU
1997 1999 "Aegean river integrated water resources use planning and management" Mediterranean - Middle East Turquie TR
1997 1997 Feasibility study for a Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water Sector (EMWIS) Europe, France, Mediterranean - Middle East Chypre CY
1996 1996 Feasibility Study for an environmental monitoring system on the Senegal River Africa Mali ML
1993 Secrétariat Technique du Service d’Administration Nationale des Données et Référentiels sur l’Eau (SANDRE) France, Europe France FR

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