High-level conference makes case for more integrated water management in Europe, draws lessons for the future of EU water policy

High-level conference makes case for more integrated water management in Europe, draws lessons for the future of EU water policy

Amidst a thorough evaluation of EU water policy, a high level conference concludes that reinforced joint efforts in policy, law and investments are necessary to preserve and further improve Europe’s waters

The 5th EU Water Conference in Vienna discussed trends in European water quality and flood management, and looked at whether Europe’s water policy is able to deal with current and future water challenges, such as pollution from microplastics or pharmaceuticals and the impacts of climate change.

The overall picture of Europe’s waters today is mixed. Much more needs to be done to achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. Good progress has been made across Europe in the improvement of water quality. The management of water has become more integrated, and far more knowledge is available. The management of risks to prevent floods has also advanced.

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