SedNet recently prepared a paper indicating sediment management
knowledge gaps related to the Water Framework Directive implementation
challenges. The paper also proposes a way forward to bridge these gaps
through EC FP7 research activities. At 8 February 2007 this paper was
presented in Brussels to Dr. Costanza Calzolari (EC DG Research) and Dr.
Philippe Quevauviller (EC DG Environment), who indicated to be willing
to further disseminate these recommendations to their colleagues.
SedNet proposes research activities aimed at (further) improving the
understanding of the role of sediment in the functioning of the natural
sediment-soil-water system in river basins with a specific focus on: 1)
the relation between sediment contamination and its actual impact on the
functioning of ecosystems (ecological status), and 2) the combined
impact of sediment quantity and quality on the ecological status.
Furthermore, SedNet proposes research dedicated to study the
effectiveness, efficacy and efficiency of measures aimed to improve the
ecological status. A key question here is how to differentiate the
effect of measures from natural variability, specifically over a long
The paper is available through the SedNet website at: