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1 Lourdes Alvarellos European Commission DG Environment, D.1 Water 2012 State of water stakeholder and Eionet Workshop March 2012 A Blueprint to safeguard Europes waters Comparative Study on Pressures and Measures water.europa.eu

2 What is the Blueprint? The Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources will present the policy response to the challenges presented in the State of Water Report, long-term aim: to ensure sufficient availability of good quality water for sustainable and equitable water use Closely linked to EU 2020 Strategy and Resource Efficiency Roadmap

3 Why a Blueprint? Improving the implementation of current EU water policy Fostering the integration of water and other policies When necessary, seeking the completion of the current policy framework

4 Synthesis of policy recommendations building on on-going assessments Nov 2012 Blueprint To Safeguard EU Waters Report on 2009 River Basin Management Plans Review Water Scarcity & Droughts Strategy Climate Change Vulnerability & Adaptation Report on 2009 River Basin Management Plans Review Water Scarcity & Droughts Strategy Report on 2009 River Basin Management Plans Climate Change Vulnerability & Adaptation Review Water Scarcity & Droughts Strategy Report on 2009 River Basin Management Plans Review Water Scarcity & Droughts Strategy Report on 2009 River Basin Management Plans Climate Change Vulnerability & Adaptation Review Water Scarcity & Droughts Strategy Report on 2009 River Basin Management Plans Outlook of sustainability and vulnerability of EU water resources « Fitness Check» EU water policy instruments Policy Options Impact Assessment

5 Assessment of RBMPs Commissions report November 2012

6 WFD timetable Transposition into national lawDec 2003 Administrative arrangementsDec 2003 Environmental analysis: Analysis of characteristics Assessment of human impacts Economic analysis of water use Dec 2004 Monitoring programmes Dec 2006 Public Participation startsDec 2006 Significant water management issuesDec 2007 Draft river basin management plans Dec 2008 Final river basin management plans Dec 2009 Measures implemented at the latestDec 2012 Implementation, adjustment2015 till 2027

7 Commissions 3rd implementation report To be published in November integral part of the Blueprint Communication on the implementation of WFD Analysis based on WFD main principles Commission Staff Working Document Analysis based on 17 topics of assessment More detailed information on the assessment of RBMPs Annexes by MS (fiches)

8 8 Assessment RBMP: some general preliminary findings A lot of effort put into preparation of the plans High uptake of the common framework and common language on water management provided by the WFD Integration of ecological perspective into water management Enhancement of international cooperation Public participation, stakeholder involvement Impressive improvement in the knowledge base All plans not submitted in 4 Member States Low ambition in many of the plans (extensive use of exemptions) Lack of concrete measures and expected achievements Lack of comparability in some issues (e.g. chemical status!) Dressing business-as-usual as WFD

9 Review Water Scarcity and Droughts policy Communication 2007 and follow-up: Council conclusions - review & further develop WS&D policy by 2012 EP report – new initiatives including pilot projects preparatory actions Annual follow up reports GAP Analysis Overview of problem & existing measures Identification of gaps Proposal of new measures Assessment of impact of new measures In-depth studies on: Water Supply Infrastructure Buildings Agriculture Indicators for water stress and water efficiency

10 Climate Change Vulnerability & Adaptation Thorough assessment of drivers of vulnerability and potential adaptation measures at EU level in the ClimWatAdapt project Combination of different scenarios: socio-economic regional climate On-going in-depth assessment of effectiveness of specific measures (natural water retention, water efficiency)

11 Fitness Check of EU Freshwater Policy (1) Part of European Commission Smart Regulation policy Objective: Assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of the EU freshwater policy Process: scoping study, stakeholder and public consultation Scope Water Framework Directive o Groundwater Directive o Directive on Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) Urban Waste Water Directive Nitrates Directive Floods Directive + quantitative and adaptive water management issues, for which there is currently no legislation at EU level

12 Fitness Check of EU Freshwater Policy (2) Most important issues: Improvements in implementation of EU water policy are required Need for a stronger legal basis for tackling the problems of water scarcity and droughts Ecosystem services not systematically addressed within water policy More coherence needed with the CAP, regional, renewable energy and transport policies Potential to enhance coherence with chemical, pesticides, pharmaceuticals policies on issues such as risk assessment methods Improved analysis of the costs and benefits of water protection measures is needed

13 Baseline, scenarios and indicative targets water resource balances use of water by the different economic activities, and impacts measures affecting water availability and water use climate, land-use, demographic and socio-economic scenarios baseline scenario / sensitivity analysis optimisation model indicative targets at EU level for reducing the vulnerability of water resources (natural) retention, efficiency, re-use Environmental Constraints (E-flows) linked to achievement Good Ecological Status (WFD)

14 From Objectives to Policy Options Adressing Water Stress Resilience to Extreme Events Achievement Good Ecological Status Target Setting Unlocking measures Improving Implementation

15 Policy Options (1): Targets Targets for efficient water resources allocation including the basic needs for nature (environmental flows) and sectoral allocation Drought management instruments Support better management of water resources in third countries

16 Policy Options (2): Unlocking Measures Support to land-use measures (natural water retention) Improve water efficiency in building and water using appliances Address leakage in water infrastructure EU standards for waste water re-use Tackle metering / illegal abstraction Water pricing levels and structure to provide sufficient incentives to increase water efficiency Costs and benefits of inaction and of water related measures to be properly understood and quantified

17 Policy Options (3): Governance and Knowledge base Improve coordination in river basin shared between different administrative entities within Member States, between Member States and with third countries Improve knowledge provision and accessibility

18 Next Steps 12-weeks public consultation on Policy Options (15 March to 7 June) April: Publication Fitness Check Discussion of policy options at 3 rd EU Water Conference on May November: Publication Blueprint

19 Comparative Study on Pressures & Measures

20 Top down assessment of RBMPs In-depth analysis of certain identified subjects, including Governance Development of methodologies Integration of other policies Economic aspects To analyse and compare the collected information in order to provide conclusions at European level Outcome of assessment: will support 2012 Blueprint to Safeguard Europes Waters Comparative Study on Pressures & Measures

21 TASK 1 - Governance and Legal Aspects TASK 1 1a – Administrative Arrangements 1b – International coordination mechanisms 1c – Enforcement, control, inspection and sanction systems 1d – Analysis of nature of RBMPs Information sources MS RBM Plans and COM assessments WISE reporting MS – legislation literature MS – SCG members EEA Milestones Final report 30 April

22 TASK 2 – Methodologies for ecological status classification and specific pollutants TASK 2 To examine and analyse methods (used by MS) to assess and classify the ES of SWB and if appropriate to achieve a comparable assessment across Europe 2a – Comparison of Typologies 2b – Intercalibration – scientific peer review 2c – Comparison of specific pollutants and EQSs 2d – Reality check of the results obtained in assessing ES across EU (comparison of ES on transboundary WB) Information sources RBMPs Reporting 2a: EEA, JRC (support) 2b: JRC (Technical IC report), Peer review 2c: WG A Report on specific pollutants European Pollutant Release and Transfer Registry (releases of substances to the aquatic environment) All relevant matrices (water, sediment, biota) and all water categories 2d: Selected data sets from MS (special request) Milestones Technical Report 30 April Intercalibration final report 15 July Final report on specific pollutants, analyses of potential implications for ecological status assessment, comparability and best practices 30 April

23 TASK 3 - Integration TASK 3 - Horizontal task: storylines connecting pressures, measures and status 2009, Integration of sectoral policy in WFD PoMs 3a – Agriculture 3b – Hydromorphological alterations 3c – Drinking Water Protection Resources 3d – Water abstraction and water use (quantitative issues DMPs and e-flows) 3e – Mining Thematic assessment on GW quantitative status Information sources WISE (RBMPs screening) Expert meetings Consultation with MS Expert workshop on 21 March in Brussels – on measures agriculture, hydromorphology and drinking water 3c: EUREAU Questionnaire to MS 3d: Expert Group WS&D & Technical papers Milestones PSIR (measures- impacts-measures-status) 30 April Effectiveness of selected measures (3a, 3b, 3c, 3e) 31 March Catalogue of measures (3a, 3b, 3c, 3e) on database 31 October Thematic assessment on GW quantitative status 15 June

24 TASK 4 - Innovation and development of technology TASK 4 4a – Innovation and development of technology (opportunities for urban, rural and industrial water management sectors) 4b – Costs and benefits Knowledge base on the economic dimensions and economic impact of WFD (first cycle) Information sources RBMPs RBMP accompanying technical reports WISE Existing studies in MS Research reports Thematic studies (EEA, COM…) Expert group meetings Milestones Report on initiatives July 2012 Assessment of costs & benefits of WFD Assessment of current financing of RBMPs Guidance note on how to assess and report costs & benefits of water related measures Knowledge gaps on costs & benefits of water management


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