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Report from the commission to the council and the european parliament - Follow up Report to the Communication on water scarcity and droughts in the European Union COM(2007) 414 final, COM(2008) 875 final

Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Abstract

The growing impacts of water scarcity and droughts in the European Union and the expected worsening of the problem due to climate change, as illustrated by the recent water emergency in Cyprus, require the identification of appropriate options to address the challenge efficiently. In 2007 the European Commission adopted a Communication on water scarcity and droughts in which it promised this progress review and its presentation in the context of a Stakeholder Forum which was held on 5 September 2008 in Zaragoza. This report specifies the progress needed on all policy options and presents appropriate work programmes for the medium and long term.
This report is the first follow-up report based on the progress made in putting into effect the options of the Communication. It identifies some encouraging policy initiatives at both EU and national2 levels that have contributed to these results although there is a great deal still to be done. It specifies the progress needed on the seven key challenges which must be tackled if Europe is to move towards a water efficient and water saving economy. These challenges include the ongoing need to fully implement the Water Framework Directive3 (WFD); moving towards sustainable land use planning; giving priority to water savings and water efficiency measures over any other alternatives and assessing the environmental impact of such alternatives as a last resort; further integrating water issues into all sectoral policies. Adaptation to climate change will add a new challenge to the existing issues. The follow-up report presents a work programme for the medium and long term which can only be implemented in close cooperation with Member States.

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Record Number: 9665 / Last updated on: 2008-01-12
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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