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Water Statistics and Accounts - 2024

Water Statistics and accounts 
Course LeaderGeorge BARIAMIS
Target GroupStaff involved in the production of official water statistics and other quantitative information under Union law on water
Entry Qualifications
  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions
  • Relevant professional experience desirable 1-2 years of work experience on water data collection and analysis
  • Computer literacy: desirable database handling
  • To improve the theoretical and practical knowledge related to the collection, transmission, validation and aggregation of official water statistics.
  • The main focus will be on different data sources and the complementarities of different direct and indirect methods such as measurements, surveys, models and estimations. The description of the respective strengths and weaknesses with special attention to data quality should thus result in an enhancement of the comparability between water statistics from countries using different methods.
  • The courses shall also provide a platform and starting point for cooperation in method development among the countries. The aim of the courses is to explore possible ways of avoiding inconsistencies in the European water statistics and to obtain a more effective statistics production.
  • Introduction to water statistics
  • European policy links with water statistics (EU Green Deal, WFD, CAP, DWD, UWWTD, Circular Economy)
  • Global policy links and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • The OECD/Eurostat Joint Questionnaire on Inland waters
  • International standards and classifications
  • International registries for water statistics
  • Data quality and the effective use of coefficients on gap filling
  • Institutional set-up: the need for co-operation with other stakeholders
  • Training exercises on water balances, water flows in the economy and to urban wastewater treatment plants
  • Introduction to basic Water Accounts: assets and physical supply and use tables.
  • Open discussion on national experiences and future improvements
Expected Outcome
  • Inform the participants on the latest developments on water statistics and relevant EU policy links
  • Enable participants to perform a well-reflected reporting of the OECD/Eurostat Joint Questionnaire on Inland Waters and the Eurostat Regional Water Questionnaire
  • Encourage international cooperation among NSIs
  • Increase productivity of effective water data reporting
  • Enhance expert judgement background
Training Methods
  • Presentations and lectures
  • Exchange of views/experiences on national practices
  • Exercises
  • Instructor-led classroom training. A lecture-style presentation with a PowerPoint as a visual accompaniment – and presentations in front of a group of trainees
  • Interactive methods: include small group discussions, case study reviews, Mentimeter quizzes and demonstrations
  • Hands-on training: dive right into the practical part of the training, allowing trainees to quickly get their hands on whatever they are learning
Required Reading
  • Data Collection Manual for the OECD/Eurostat JQ on Inland Waters
Suggested Reading
Required Preparation

Participants are asked to prepare a concise overview - for their own use during the course - of the official Water Statistics in their country, the methods applied and the forthcoming results. Especially the preparation of a list of data-gaps, problems engaged in data collection and other difficulties in their own country can be helpful when brought in in the discussions during the course.

Familiarization with the

  • environmental and water statistics terminology
  • data files templates
  • Eurostat web site, CIRCABC and e-DAMIS data-portal  


George BARIAMIS (Independent expert)

Kees BAAS (CBS Netherlands)


Practical Information    
WhenDurationWhereOrganiserApplication  via National Contact Point
11-13.06.20243 daysOn-lineICON-INSTITUT Public Sector GmbHDeadline: 15.04.2023