This policy document aims to explain the policy relevance of Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) and to stimulate the uptake of NWRM as effective tools for achieving water and related
policy objectives. This policy document is primarily targeted at water managers and decision–makers at national, regional and local levels. It aims to encourage water managers to support the uptake of NWRM in River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) and to facilitate their implementation via enhanced coordination with other sectors. For more technical and scientific information on NWRM, the reader is referred to the European Commission Pilot Project on NWRM (www.nwrm.eu).