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EU water policies

The Water Framework Directive is currently undergoing a fitness check for its improvement: time to have your say!

Protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems is one of the cornerstones of environmental protection in Europe. As water is also a living environment for numerous organisms and an essential natural resource for ecosystems as well, the success of water protection also underpins nature conservation efforts in several ways. 

However, rivers do not know borders, and concerted action at the level of the EU is necessary to ensure effective protection. The EU water policy provides an effective framework to realise this and should go hand in hand with Natura 2000 implementation

Fitness check of EU water policy

The Water Framework Directive, with its two daughter directives and the Floods Directive, are now undergoing a fitness check process assessing their effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value. The results might lead to legal changes of the directives or — hopefully — to increased efforts in the implementation (as it was in the case of the nature directives).

The European Commission launched an online consultation as part of the fitness check process. It is important that NGOs, nature conservation, water, agriculture and other sectoral stakeholders, as well as citizens also provide their input to the consultation. 

CEEweb prepared a sample set of answers also using the input from the Living Rivers Coalition (WWF, EEB, European Rivers Network, European Anglers Alliance and Wetlands International). As a nature conservation organisation we see it outmost important that the multifunctional approach to waters and ecosystems is strengthened in the consultations, and natural water retention measures are better made use in the future implementation. 

Read CEEweb’s suggested answers to the consultation here and join the #ProtectWater campaign by following our tips in the WFD Toolkit.

Please join our efforts and submit your own input to the consultation as a citizen / expert by 4 March 2019!