Wetlands and programmes of measures

This paper examines the role of wetlands in the programme of measures (PoM). Wetland habitats can help to achieve WFD objectives because of their functionality. Wetland loss and degradation has increased the vulnerability of many catchments to negative impacts. Wetland restoration therefore has the potential to offer benefits in terms of flood protection and groundwater recharge, restoration of flow regime and morphology, nutrient/sediment/pollutant load abatement in rivers and lakes, the conservation of biological diversity and the enhancement of recreation and tourism opportunities to benefit local communities.

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