Presentation on theme: "Water Management Policy context"— Presentation transcript:
1 Water Management Policy context DEVCO-EIB meetingBrussels, 30 June 2011Peter GammeltoftWater UnitDG Environment, European Commission
2 Content Water Framework Directive State of implementation 2012 Blueprint to safeguard EU waters2
3 Some key principles of WFD integrated river basin management protecting all waters, surface and groundwaters;covering all impacts on waters;good quality (‘good status’) to be achieved, as a rule, by 2015;water quality comprehensively defined in terms of biology, chemistry and morphology;water management based on river basins;monitoring programmes for surface and groundwaters, both as a planning tool and as an assessment instrument;economic instruments: getting the prices right - to promote prudent use of water;mandatory public participation;… and complemented/guided by an unprecedented cooperation on implementation.3
4 WFD Timetable Transposition into national law Dec 2003 Administrative arrangements Dec 2003Environmental analysis:Analysis of characteristicsAssessment of human impactsEconomic analysis of water use Dec 2004Monitoring programmes Dec 2006Public Participation starts Dec 2006Significant water management issues Dec 2007Draft river basin management plans Dec 2008Final river basin management plans Dec 2009Measures implemented at the latest Dec 2012Implementation, adjustment till 2027Slide 44
5 RBMP adopted (21)Consultation finalised, awaiting adoption (2)Consultation on-going or not started (4)
6 2012: A Blueprint to safeguard EU Waters The Blueprint is the convergence of 3 assessments scheduled for 2012Assessment of 1st river basin management plans under Water Framework DirectiveReview of the Strategy for Water Scarcity and DroughtsAssessment of the vulnerability of water and environmental resources to climate impacts and man-made pressures.The Blueprint will:Look back and assess the implementation and achievements of policies and measures in place to ensure the protection and availability of EU water resourcesLook forward at the evolving vulnerability of the water environment to assess the sufficiency of existing measures and tools, and evaluate potential new instruments to ensure a sustainable use of good quality water in the EU in the long term.The Blueprint will synthesise policy recommendations drawing from the evaluation and impact assessment exercises, and will be accompanied by a number of reports and new initiatives, including of a legislative nature if appropriate.
7 Review Water Scarcity and Droughts Policy – WS&D (1/2) Communication 2007 and follow-up:Council conclusions - review & further develop WS&D policy by 2012EP report – new initiatives incl. pilot projects preparatory actionsAnnual follow up reportsPolicy Review 2012:GAP AnalysisOverview of problem & existing measuresIdentification of gapsProposal of new measuresAssessment of Impact of new measures
8 Review Water Scarcity and Droughts Policy – WS&D (2/2) – Building Blocks Water EfficiencyWater Supply InfrastructureBuildingsAgricultureBetter PlanningDemand managementIntegration WS&D management in RBMPLand use planningEuropean Drought ObservatoryEuropean level information platform being developed by JRCBuilding on National & regional data - Subsidiarity principleIndicator developmentWater exploitation index – not very informative (Annual & national average)Development of more informative indicators for WS&D (EEA & pilot countries)
9 Vulnerability of Water & Environmental Resources and Adaptation White Paper on Adaptation: Actions under DG ENV responsibility:Guidelines for River Basin Management Plans (delivered in Dec 2009)Measures to enhance water efficiency in agriculture, households and buildingsNatural water retention measuresInclusion of climate change in the implementation of the Floods DirectiveEuropean guidelines on adaptation in coastal and marine areasMeasures to boost soil storage capacity for both carbon and waterFollow-up Green Paper on Forest ProtectionIntegration biodiversity loss and climate changeGuidelines for the management of Natura 2000 sitesAdaptation Guidelines for the EIA and SEA Directives6 water (& coastal/marine) related actions.
10 2012 Blueprint to safeguard EU Waters: Outlook of sustainability and vulnerability of EU water resources« Fitness Check»EU waterpolicyinstrumentsPolicyOptionsLand-useResource efficiencyEconomic InstrumentsGovernanceKnowledge BaseNov 2012BlueprintToSafeguardEU WatersReport on 2009River BasinManagement PlansReport on 2009River BasinManagementPlansReport on 2009River BasinManagement PlansReport on 2009River BasinManagement PlansReport on 2009River BasinManagement PlansReport on 2009River BasinManagement PlansReviewWater Scarcity& DroughtsStrategyReviewWater Scarcity& Droughts StrategyReviewWater Scarcity& Droughts StrategyReviewWater Scarcity& Droughts StrategyReviewWater Scarcity& Droughts StrategyClimate ChangeVulnerability& AdaptationClimate ChangeVulnerability& AdaptationClimate ChangeVulnerability& Adaptation
11 Policy OptionsObjectives: Fit EU policy to ensure good quality water in sufficient quantities for all legitimate uses.maximize compliance with WFD objectives, totackle Water Scarcity and Droughts (WSD)build a robust policy framework to address extreme weather events and the potential impacts of global changes.7 key areas. Policy options to be selected on the basis of the IA and presented in the Blueprint.Land UseEconomic IncentivesQuantitative water resources use targetsGovernanceKnowledge BaseInnovationGlobal Dimension
12 Calendar / Next steps 2011-II 2011-III 2011-IV 2012-I 2012-II 2012-III Studies Water saving, pricing, footprintWater Efficiency in BuildingsWSD Gap AnalysisClimWatAdaptNatural water Retention measuresAssessment RBMP – Pressures & MeasuresIA Revision Groundwater DirectiveSupport to Impact AssessmentModelling Use Water ResourcesWater resource balancesFitness CheckPub. Cons.FC/ WSDOptionsEvents10/516/9WWFGWFinAdoptionIABIABISC16/11
13 Thank you for your attention water.europa.eu/policy