Duero River Basin Authority


The Duero river basin Water Authority has more geologists, economist, hydrologist, etc), and Administration although is attached for administrative purposes to the Ministry of Agricultu Environment of Spain. The Duero River Basin Authority is the competent authority for waters within their territory, which extends to the Spanish part of the Duero Basin. According to Article 23 of the Consolidated Text of the Water Law, approved by Legislative Royal Decree 1/2001, of 20 July, the CHD has the following responsibilities:

  • The elaboration of the River Basin Management Plan, monitoring and review.
  • The study, design, construction and operation of the works performed under its own funds, and those assigned by the State.
  • The management and control of the Public Water (DPH).
For the administration and management of the river basin Duero, the CHD has authority as:
  • Water permits concessions and authorizations.
  • Inspection and enforcement of the conditions of authorizations and concessions.
  • Ecological flows, hydrological studies, floods and droughts, and water quality control.
Furthermore, one of the mayor duties is to prevent deterioration, protect and enhance the status of aquatic ecosystems, in order to achieve the good status of water bodies, both surfac to the Water Framework Directive. As a river basin authority, is responsible as well of the development of plans and tools for the implementation of this Directive. Under Article 11, the River Basin Management Plan includes a program of measures, including the improvement and recovery of river ecosystems, in order to achieve the good ecological status of rivers by improving its functioning as ecosystems contribute to sustainable river management and restoration, Also, it is foreseen a program of measures for those groundwater bodies which do not achieve the good status and with pollution and overexploitation problems. Both programs of measures encourage citizen participation and environmental education and public participation. Finally, the Duero River Basin Authority has historically experienced in dealing with EU funds and projects.


CHD acts as Project Coordinator. The organization is a public body leading the Action Group on river restoration of the EIP, and in charge of management and applied research tasks related to conservation and improvement of water related ecosystems, as well as floods and droughts risk reduction. This puts CHD in an excellent position to move forward the operationalisation of the insurance value of ecosystems.



The CHD leads as coordinating beneficiary the LIFE CIPRIBER. The aim of the project is to protect and provide the basis for the recovery of native cyprinid endemic populations of interest within the meaning of Annex II of the Habitats Directive, which are located in SCIs in the southwest of Salamanca, due to the special characteristics of their distribution and level of threat, through the implementation of specific actions in SCIs where they are present.

The CHD is involved as associated beneficiary in this Life project. The aim of the LIFE MedWetRivers is to contribute to the achievement of the objectives set in the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Directive 2009/147/EC guaranteeing the maintenance or recovery of a favourable state of conservation of habitats and species of Communitarian importance linked to the water sources in the Mediterranean biogeographic region, as well as to improve the ecological coherence within the Natura 2000 network by means of the establishment o Castilla y León and a monitoring programme for supervising these species and habitats.

The RiverRes Group was created in March 2015 with the aim to “address the current policy challenges like water quality, biodiversity loss, water quantity problems, and ulnerability to extreme events by seeing them as opportunities for innovation through river restoration. Made up by 32 members, the group is led by the Duero River Basin Authority, encompassing public authorities, NGOs, SMEs, international organizations, regional authorities etc. We have benefited from the support of the EIP Water Secretariat and EIP Water Eastern Europe Desk to make sure we encompass the whole of the EU.

This an European Expert Group leading by CHD working on river restoration projects. The aim of this group is to share experiences and promote the benefits of natured based solutions in river restoration projects, focusing in public participation as key aspect of this type of projects.

The aim of this project is to improve the ecological status by removing river dikes, recovery secondary flows, and connect the river with its floodplain to prevent damages during floods events. This project was granted with the European River Price (2013).