A new approach for the determination of hydrologic prefectures in Greece for the water framework directive
New Medit, vol 7, n. 3, (September 2008), pp. 41-47
Jel classification: Q250, Q280
The Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council issued a new legislation for the sustainable management of water resources on the basis of drainage basins. The implementation of such policy in Greece would encounter great difficulties due to the fact that the region is split into a large number of drainage areas. Especially in Northern Greece the implementation is more difficult due to transnational water resources. The aggregation of the fourteen water districts of Greece into four hydrologic prefectures is suggested in the present study. The determination of the hydrologic prefectures is based on hydrologic criteria and takes into account the existing management problems regarding internal, coastal and transnational water resources, as well as the existing administrative structure. A smaller number of hydrologic prefectures would meet the EU requirements and would mean better organization and flexibility, as well as more systematic control, supervision and management of water resources.
water districts, hydrologic prefectures, water management