Water shortages, droughts and floods in a variety of European regions are raising public awareness and increasing demand for effective responses and strategies towards ensuring sustainable water management. Open discussion on the impacts of climate change, the EU policy on “resource efficiency” and Blueprint 2012 are also enhancing public debate on these key issues.
With that, water consumers in industry and agriculture are recognising the need to include sustainable water governance in their business strategies. These have to go beyond simple water-use efficiency and be based on an exhaustive understanding of operational and supply chain water risks.
Only complementary efforts of the private sector and an enforced implementation of European legal requirements can provide long-term solutions for water management on a river basin scale. European Water Stewardship (EWS) provides the tools to put this aim into daily business practice.
The EWS Launch will provide a platform for representatives from civil society, business, agriculture and the European institutions to discuss and identify common opportunities or challenges in order to take concrete steps towards sustainable water management.