Supplementary memorandum submitted by
the Environment Agency (J 24(a))
WFD STAFFING AND BUDGETING REQUIREMENTS,
INCLUDING A PROJECT PLAN
1. The Agency began its WFD project in November
2000 immediately preceding the signing of the Directive. No funds
had been allocated or committed specifically for the WFD before
that date. However the Agency, through its general role of giving
specialist technical advice to Government, made a substantial
input to assist the development of the UK position including during
the UK Presidency.
2. The role of the Agency to date has been
to continue to assist Defra in preparation for the Directive.
Following the proposal in the first Government consultation document
that the Agency should be the Competent Authority in England and
Wales, a Programme Plan has been developed, funds allocated and
staff appointed to fulfil that role. The Agency Programme Team
has been supported by bought-in consultancy resources and this
is expected to continue, certainly for the first phase, that is
up to the delivery of the initial basin characterisation at the
end of 2004. In the statistics that follow no distinction is made
between in-house and consultant FTEs (full time equivalents) since
they will be deployed flexibly as the programme progresses.
3. The Programme Plan budget requirements,
initially estimated for the Agency to be Competent Authority for
full implementation of the Directive in England and Wales, are
set out in Table 1 below.
These are the Agency's set up and implementation costs including
staff, support systems monitoring and preparation and consultation
on river basin management plans under the Directive. They take
account of and do not duplicate existing Agency monitoring, regulation
and liaison activities.
The figures in Table 2 below represent the expected increased
staffing levels in FTE (full time equivalents) both Agency staff
and consultants required by the Programme to deliver the requirements
of the Directive.
STAFF RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS
4. Current staffing levels at November 2002, including
Programme Team, consultants and business support outside the project
team is 40 FTE.
5. Increasing the scale of effort in line with the project
plan is dependent upon the outcome of the Agency's resource bid
as part of Spending Review 2002 in which we submitted bids in
line with Table 1. Current indications from Defra are that this
bid will not be met. We are currently reviewing the critical programme
components and the potential implications of changes across the
Agency to consider how the scale and scope of the work to be done
can be modified in the light of the likely funding shortfall.
This will include the following strategies:
departing from the published timetable for the
catchment abstraction management strategies (CAMS) so that elements
of the work can be completed for the whole country by the end
significantly reducing the amount of additional
monitoring data available for characterisation; and
curtailing database development which will reduce
ease of access of partners and stakeholders to complementary datasets.
6. Even so, we consider that we cannot do the work to
sufficient standard to meet Directive requirements without increasing
the existing programme budget for the implementation of the Directive.
We will therefore need to discuss with Government which other
activities we can delay or reduce in scope, to provide the additional
necessary resource of approximately £1.5 million in both
2003-04 and 2004-05. Table 3 shows the minimum additional resource
that the Agency needs, either as new resource or reallocation
of existing resources, to implement the Directive to an acceptable
MINIMUM FUNDING REQUIREMENT
7. Annex 1 to this memorandum shows the structure of
the component projects.
8. Annex 2 to this memorandum is the milestone project
plan showing key deliverables under the Agency's WFD project up
to the end of 2015.
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SCHEDULE OF PROJECTS WITHIN THE WFD PROGRAMME
All project have not yet been initiated:
Communications: Programme communications
at each of the following levels:
3. External including Defra, Europe and all other stakeholders:
Business Review: Policy and strategic analysis
of how the WFD impinges on all existing Agency structures, policies,
vision, and operational activities, and how these may need to
change in order to deliver the WFD in the most effective way.
Environmental Monitoring Assessment and Classification:
monitoring, assessment and classification strategy for the WFD,
the technical capability required for its implementation and relevant
guidance. The project will also influence and take into account
the development of monitoring and analyses of the CEN and ISO
River Basin Characterisation: To enable
the Agency to carry out analyses according to the technical specifications
set out in Annexes II and V of the Directive. The project will
deliver the technical capability for the characterisation of each
River Basin District and the initial register of protected areas.
This project will also carry out the initial characterisation
required by 2004.
River Basin Planning: To deliver the capability
to ensure that the Agency can produce a comprehensive river basin
management plan for each River Basin District. The project will
provide guidance on the structure, format and information requirements
for the RBMP and guidance on the appraisal of options including
an appraisal of the cost effectiveness of the options.
Research and Development: To support the
other WFD projects in identifying, initiating, co-ordinating and
prioritising a series of R&D work packages required by the
projects to enable the implementation of the Directive.
Information Systems: To support the other
WFD projects in identifying, initiating and managing the IS requirements
and managing delivery of the products in a timely and effective
Priority and Hazardous Substances: To enable
the Environment Agency to inform Defra of the environmental relevance
of substances proposed for inclusion on the Priority List and
advise on appropriate targets and emission limits. It will also
support Defra in further development and refinement of the Priority
Substance selection process.
Programme of Measures: To take the outputs
from River Basin Planning to identify those measures that need
to be taken for each River Basin District so that its environmental
objectives are met.