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The Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme

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Legislative Drivers & Sectoral Plan Review of TIDE Estuaries

2. Management Drivers

Drivers for the management of estuaries come from International, European and national legislation and policy. Five of the key pieces of EU legislation directly impacting on estuarine management are the Birds Directive, Habitats Directive, the Water Framework Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Flood Risk Management Directive. These directives are reviewed below. As an EU Member States, the TIDE countries are required to transpose EU directives into national legislation. The geographical boundaries of all of the management plans implemented for the EU directives listed above for the four TIDE estuaries are shown in Figures 1-4.

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