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2012: Water Blueprint Conference

The ‘Blueprint Water ‘ and its impact on the regions

Conference on the 17th of December 2012, 17:30-20:00

Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU

Rue Belliard 60-62, B-1040 Brussels

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is one of the most ambitious pieces of the EU legislation. It has established a legal basis to protect and restore clean water across Europe and ensure its long-term, sustainable use. Since its adoption in 2000, EU water policy has considerably evolved towards a more integrated approach based on the concept of river basin management, with the aim to achieve good status of all EU waters by 2015.

However, the achievement of EU water policy goals is threatened by a number of old and emerging challenges. Pollution of water resources, degradation of hydro-morphology, over-abstraction and decline in soil organic matter are still occurring with detrimental impacts on freshwater ecosystems and also affecting economic activity.

The European Commission’s response to these challenges is the ‘Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources’ which will be released in November 2012. The overall objective of the Blueprint is to improve EU water policy to ensure good quality water in sufficient quantities for all legitimate users. It will synthesize policy options and recommendations based on the assessment of the River Basin Management Plans delivered by the Member States under the Water Framework Directive, the review of the policy on water scarcity and drought and an assessment of the vulnerability of water resources to climate change and other anthropogenic pressures.

As Member States need to meet their obligations under the EU water law, the Blueprint strives to facilitate improvements in the implementation of existing EU water policy by making full use of the opportunities provided by the current framework. The Blueprint will take into account the very significant differences between Members States in terms of water availability, quality, quantity and efficiency. It will not suggest a one size fits all standardized solution, but rather offers a tool box that Member States can rely upon to improve water management at national, regional and river basin level.

The Blueprint Water and its impact on the regions’ is a high-level conference, taking place in Brussels on the 17th of December 2012, 18.30-20.00, and will provide a forum to present and discuss implementation opportunities and challenges posed by the ‘Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources’. Representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, civil society as well as key stakeholders from the regions will discuss the Blueprint policy recommendations and share their experiences and best practices with regard to EU water policy implementation.

The conference will be jointly organized by the European Water Partnership (EWP) and the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg. It is hosted by the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU, located in the heart of Brussels and walking distance from the European Institutions (Rue Belliard 60-62, 1040 Brussels).

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