European waters : current status and future challenges : synthesis
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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The Europe 2020 strategy is the European Union's strategy for economic growth in Europe over the next decade. This strategy envisages the development of a 'greener', more environmentally friendly economy in Europe. Sustainable water management is a critical element of this green economy because healthy and resilient ecosystems provide the services needed to sustain human well-being and our economy. For this reason, we need to ensure that other economic sectors, such as agriculture, energy and transport, also adopt management practices that can keep water ecosystems healthy and resilient. Some improvements in water quality have been made in the past two decades with e.g. the implementation of the urban waste water treatment directive. Nevertheless at present, the ecological status of water ecosystems is not good enough. Under the Water Framework Directive, countries were obliged to publish so-called River Basin Management Plans, which detailed the status of the water bodies in their countries. The results of the first round of these River Basin Management Plans show that more than half of Europe's surface water bodies are in less than good ecological status.
Citation“Werner, Beate. 2012. European waters : current status and future challenges : synthesis. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated ; European Environment Agency.All rights reservedBibl. : p. 46-51.European Union document
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