The Directive asks us to assess whether protected areas are likely to achieve their objectives by 2015.
With the exception of Drinking Water Protected Areas, those objectives are derived from the European legislation under which the area is designated.
Recreational protected areas
For recreational protected areas we used monitoring data from 2008 to assess compliance with the Bathing Water Directive. We also predicted the compliance against the revised Bathing Water Directive. For economically significant species we used monitoring data from 2008 to assess compliance with the shellfish Water Directive and Freshwater Fish Directive.
Nutrient sensitive protected areas
Nutrient sensitive protected areas include areas covered by the Nitrates Directive and sensitive areas under the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD). These Directives do not use a standard-based compliance regime for the areas designated under them. Compliance is therefore not monitored against an environmental standard, as in the Freshwater Fish Directive, for example. Rather compliance is measured by the appropriate designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) and the undertaking of action programmes to reduce or prevent further pollution caused by nitrates; and by the appropriate designation of Sensitive Areas and monitoring relevent discharges affecting these Areas to ensure they meet the emission standards set out in the Directive. Compliance for relevant discharges affecting UWWTD Sensitive Areas has been assessed using the relevant monitoring data from 2008.
Water dependent habitats and species
Water dependent habitats and species protected areas were assessed using data from Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales on the conservation status of the areas.
Drinking water protected areas
Drinking water protected areas were risk assessed according to the methods shown in the links below
Results of monitoring statistics
Results of monitoring maps
More details on the methods for assessing compliance are in Annex D of the River Basin Management Plans.