Information on WFD implementation on Italian regions websites (by Francesco Stazi)
Eighteen years have passed since the entry into force of the Water Framework Directive. We therefore want to take the opportunity of this anniversary and of the 2018 World Water Day to look at the level of information inserted in Italian regional websites concerning the degree of implementation that this directive has achieved in Italy. To this end, we have focused on information on four aspects considered fundamental, such as the adoption and development of the River Contracts, the ecological status of watercourses, the presence or absence of plans for the protection of surface and underground waters, and the degree of public participation as indicated in Article 14 of Directive 2000/60/EC. The research, carried out directly on the institutional sites of the regions and the respective Regional agencies for environmental protection (ARPA), on the monothematic site on environmental protection and River Contracts (not all regions have set up sites of this type). This research aims at verifying the level of information present on the individual institutional regional sites concerning water and its protection.