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EU’s New Urban Water Agenda builds upon EWS Standard application by cities

Nov 2nd, 2016 |

The New Urban Water Agenda launched earlier this year by the European Commission, several cities and key stakeholders in Leeuwarden is taking shape as the result of the discussions at the international Cities and Water Conference held under the Slovak Presidency of the EU on 25 October 2016. At the conference, the Mayors promoted examples of good practice and innovation in water management in cities and continued building a platform for increasing political engagement by  Mayors as key actors in securing sustainable and innovative approaches to water management  which positively contribute to many aspects of urban development.

This new platform  – New Urban Agenda (NUWA)  builds on established objectives  and principles of sound urban water management such as UN SDGs,  OECD  urban water governance principles , the IWA principles of Water-Wise Cities. It will apply the existing benchmarking systems such as the “City Blueprints” and EWS Standard for city-level water stewardship. NUWA is committed to cooperation with other environmental urban initiatives including the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt.

In addition, a new report by the European Environmental Agency, Rivers and Lakes in European Cities, reveals that the quality of European urban rivers and lakes are seeing considerable progress due to upgrades in waste water treatment and restoration projects.

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