Title: German Working Group of the Federal States on water issues (LAWA) 
Resource Type: web links 
Language(s): English
German
 
Availability: Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft Wasser Ministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen Schwannstraße 3 40476 Düsseldorf Telefonnummer: 0211 / 4566-748 Telefaxnummer: 0211 / 4566-946 E-Mail-Adresse: lawa@munlv.nrw.de 
Producers or distributor Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft Wasser Ministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen 
Author / Producer Type: Local or regional authorities 
Web link for product information: http://www.lawa.de  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Contaminant hydrology
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Ecotoxicology
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Geochemistry
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Groundwater processes overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Hydrogeology
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Microbiology
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Early warning systems
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Hardware
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Monitoring overview
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Sampling techniques
Groundwater protection-->Planning-->Land use measures
Groundwater protection-->Planning-->Modelling
Groundwater protection-->Planning-->Planning overview
Groundwater protection-->Planning-->Protective areas
Groundwater protection-->Planning-->Reservoir mapping
Water resources and their management -->Costs, benefits and sustainability
Water resources and their management -->Monitoring and mitigation
Water resources and their management -->River basin management
Water resources and their management -->River basins
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
 
Long description: The Working Group of the Federal States on water issues (LAWA) was set up in 1956 as an amalgamation of the ministries of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for water management and water legislation. The aims of the Working Group of the Federal States on water issues are to discuss in detail questions arising in the areas of water management and water legislation, to formulate solutions and to put forward recommendations for their implementation. In addition however, topical questions in the national, supranational and international sphere are also adopted, discussed on a broad basis and the findings submitted to the relevant organisations. In order to fulfil these objectives, the LAWA has set up five permanent working groups and several topic-related working groups to deal with different subjects of water legislation, hydrology, inland waters and sea conservation, ecology, flood prevention, coastal protection, groundwater, water supply, municipal and industrial sewage and handling with water polluting substances. The results obtained from this work form a basis for the implementation of a standardised water managment system within the Federal States. The formulated models do however allow sufficient freedom for taking account of specific regional characteristics. The Working Group of the Federal States on water problems provides continuous and up-to-date information for the general public through a range of publications based upon the findings of the working groups and makes its policy documents available to all interested parties. With regard to the manifold technical and legal requirements of the European Union concerning water management the international co-operation between LAWA and the responsible European committees has gained in importance over the last few years. In particular the implication of the European Waterframework Directive (WFD) is characterised by a manifold cooperation between representatives of the European memberstates and the European Commission. 
Submitted By: Maike Hauschild WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 10/11/2004