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Communication from the Commission [...] Towards sustainable water management in the European Union - First stage in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, COM(2007) 128 final

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Abstract

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, Towards sustainable water management in the European Union - First stage in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC - [SEC(2007) 362] [SEC(2007) 363], COM(2007) 128 final

Water is indispensable for human survival and development. It is essential for human life and it is needed for many industrial activities and processes. Adequate quantities of sufficient quality have to be available in the wilderness to sustain wildlife, plants and unique ecosystems.

Too much water can cause loss of life and serious damage through flooding, as happens in the European Union nearly every year. Too little water is equally devastating, like the droughts that are occurring more and more often. All these events are expected to become more frequent and extreme according to predictions on the impacts of climate change.

Maintaining a sustainable balance between all these aspects is the aim of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), adopted in 20002, which lays the foundation for a modern, holistic and ambitious water policy for the European Union.

This Communication summarises the first report on progress with implementation of the WFD (as required for by Article 18(3))3. It also makes recommendations for the next important milestone: the river basin management plans. These plans, which are due by December 2009, will bring further real improvements for the whole water system in the form of programmes of measures, which must be operational by 2012 and deliver the environmental objectives of the Directive by 2015.

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Record Number: 8617 / Last updated on: 2007-07-02
Category: COM DOCUMENT