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Hello friends,

I have a question concerning the way the table AM.WaterbodyforWFD is supposed to look like. In the documentation I read through it says:

"The water body is a coherent sub-unit in the river basin (district) to which the environmental objectives of the Directive 2000/60/EC must apply. The identification of water bodies is based on geographical and hydrological determinants. This includes surface (river, lake, transitional and coastal) and ground water bodies".

From this I infer that the required bodies of water that must be included are:

- Coastal water
- Groundwater
- Lakes
- Rivers
- Other surfacewater
- Transitional/brackish water

Now should these be held in separate tables, or should they be columns in a single table? For me it makes more sense to have these as separate tables (them being different geometries and all), which share some kind of column in order to refer between them if needed. Now, this also seems weird as the hydrography theme has the same categories, so what is the novel element here and how are they to differ from their counterparts in the hydrography theme?

Also there is another table in the Area Management theme called "CoastalZoneMGMTArea", which seems to be the same as the "Coastal Water" table to be created under AM.WaterBodyforWFD.

Can anyone dispell the mist of confusion?



  • Stefania MORRONE

    By Stefania MORRONE

    Hi Momo,

    Let me try to dispel the mist of confusion smiley

    In the Data Specification on AM, there’s no ‘AM.WaterbodyforWFD table’, and there are no ‘tables to be created under AM.WaterBodyforWFD’ .

    ‘AM.WaterbodyforWFD’ is the name of a layer to be provided by INSPIRE View Services for AM datasets. More specifically it is the layer corresponding to the code list value

    Regarding how to distinguish the different water bodies, the Data Specification state the following:

    The definition of water bodies in the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) state that:" Water bodies form the principle management units for the protection of water resources. Therefore they fall within the scope of the theme Area Management/Restriction/Regulation Zones and Reporting Units, alongside River Basin Districts...Management units as defined in the WFD can be described using the generic ManagementRestrictionOrRegulationZone spatial object type with the value ‘waterBodyForWFD’ as the zoneTypeCode. Specific types of water body could then be defined using the specialisedZoneTypeCode.”.

    For example, you can specify that a ManagementRestrictionOrRegulationZone is a coastal water body setting the value for the zoneType attribute and the value for the specialisedZoneType attribute ((find more details on specialisedZoneTypeCode codelist in this post).

    Regarding the coastalZoneManagementArea value, be aware that the refers to areas in which integrated coastal zone management takes place. Reference legislation is the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean - signed in Madrid on 20-21 January 2008 (therefore it does not refer to the WFD).

    Hope this helps


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