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User Uptake in the Framework of Bathing Waters Management

Point of contact
Andrea Taramelli
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale
Via Vitaliano Brancati, 48
144 Roma
Phone: +39-6-50074635


EU Directive on Bathing Waters (2006/07/EC) deals with the management of bathing waters in order to protect bathers’ health even by improving environmental conditions. In particular, the Directive is mainly centred on the concept of prevention. It stresses the importance of identifying pressures and impacts in terms of nature, spatial and temporal extension. This approach requires tools that provide all the information necessary to properly characterize pressures and impacts. Furthermore, forecasting an impacting event on bathing waters directly help with the enforcing of measures in order to reduce/prevent effects on bathers health, on the environment and from the economical point of view. In this framework, Copernicus products provide useful data and services that are the base of several ongoing downstream services dealing with bathing waters management.

The aim of this workshop is to show all the potential of Copernicus and downstreaming products to final users in the coastal community and to gather user requirements to further improve the proposed products. Then, the workshop is also an opportunity to compare different approaches at national scale and to propose a more homogeneous approach among the different Italian Regions. Hence, it is important to involve in the workshop not only local administrations that directly deal with bathing waters management, but also entities from the National Government that have the role of piloting the action of local administrations.

The Workshop will be organized in Italy at national scale. The event will be driven by already identified requirements by entities dealing with the management of bathing waters (National System for Environmental Protection community, Local Administrations, National Government, Research Institutes) in order to identify downstream potential services to be built upon common needs. The organization will be led by ISPRA in collaboration with national or regional authorities.

This action is coupled, in a synergic way, with action 2019-2-43, in order to exploit at maximum the possible outcomes of the actions. The workshop in Action 2019-2-43 will be carried out first, in order to explore the possible scientific innovative products. Then, this action (2019-1-46) that will cover a broader set of issues related to bathing waters at national level, will take into account outcomes of action 2019-2-43 concerning the topic of jellyfish presence and will in turn provide useful feedbacks for the development of products foreseen in action 2019-2-43.

The reuse of already available “Copernicus User Uptake” communication material (leaflets, filming, documents, and factsheets) will be supported.

Outputs and Results

  • Analysis of cross-cutting user requirements to address institutional and commercial downstream activities. In particular
  • Realisation of a survey among the participants of the workshop in order to assess the usefulness of the event and highlight specific points of view
  • Inclusion of outcomes in a report published on ISPRA website on a page dedicated to the workshop