What future for EU's water? | WWF

What future for EU's water?

Posted on 29 May 2009    
The Wachau region has become a popular tourist destination. Other remaining beautiful landscapes along the Danube are catching up.
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The EU’s Water Framework Directive provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore Europe’s rivers, lakes and wetlands to ecological health by 2015 with each member state committed to produce River Basin Management plans by the end of 2009.

Eight years in the making, these plans are now the subject of consultation with EU’s citizens and interested parties in many of Europe’s 110 river basin districts.

The report “What future for EU’s water?” presents the findings of the survey carried out by WWF and EEB assessing the quality of the draft River Basin Management Plans which revealed that, as they stand now, these plans will fail to adequately protect Europe’s water resources.

At a time when Europe is becoming increasingly aware of its water challenges, exacerbated by expected climate change, such as increased droughts, floods and changes to precipitation patterns, governments are shying away from taking resolute steps to deal with existing and emerging water challenges.

WWF and EEB highlights the 5 priorities that national and river basin authorities should focus on in the next six months of 2009 to dramatically improve their plans and thus give our most precious natural resource a sustainable future.

Please see on this page

• A short summary of the report with key findings of the assessment and key conclusions
• The full report presenting the finding of the assessment and drawing a number of recommendations on what needs to happen before the plans are to be adopted at the end of 2009
• A questionnaire that was used to carry out the survey among European NGO network
• A document that launched 5 key priorities for better water management and against which the present assessment was carried out (released in November 2008)
The Wachau region has become a popular tourist destination. Other remaining beautiful landscapes along the Danube are catching up.
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