Water Governance in light of the review of the WFD
3 February 2017
On 1 February the working group ‘Agriculture and Water management’ of the Intergroup on ‘climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development’ met to discuss the ‘
The head of the ‘Clean Water’ unit of the DG Environment of the European Commission, Ms Bettina Doeser, highlighted the success and the weknesses of the WFD over the past 15 years. She also stressed the future challenges that the review, scheduled for 2019, will have to address: land use intensification, climate change, and pressures from various sectors. Mainstreaming water policy in other policies is crucial and for this reason the environment and the agriculture Commissioners are taking important steps to finally end the inconsistencies between agricultural policy and water policy. The implementation of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals will also contribute in improving water governance.
Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the OECD Water Governance Programme, presented the ongoing work of the OECD Water Governance Initiative and
The President of EurEau, Bruno Tisserand, drew the difference between
Mr André Flajolet, Président of the Artois Picardie Basin Committee, warned against losing the basin perspective when dealing with local circumstances as this would entail a fragmentation of approaches, while a more global vision, at the scale of basins, is needed in water governance.
From IUCN, Mr Alejandro Iza,
A report from the meeting will be available shortly
Water matters. EU matters.
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