The European Union’s water blueprint, due by the end of the year, will focus on enforcement and implementation of laws already on the books rather than new legislation.

Water blueprint to focus on enforcement, not new laws.

The European Union’s water blueprint, due by the end of the year, will focus on enforcement and implementation of laws already on the books rather than new legislation, says a Cypriot official whose government will host talks later in the year on the evolving water roadmap.

Christina Pantazi, a Cypriot official whose county holds the rotating presidency of the EU, said discussions held this summer in Nicosia between EU environment ministers called for implementing legislation – including the water framework, nitrates and groundwater directives – rather than making sweeping new proposals.

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An interesting infographic story on water consumption of how much water we use and what can we do.

Did you know that it takes 18,900 litres of water for production of 1kg of coffee? For production of 1kg of beef 15,400 litres of water is needed and for 1kg of sheep 10,400 litres of water is used. 92% of water we use is used in food production.

What can we do:

  1. Have one meet-free-day a week
  2. Choose meat raised on grass
  3. Do not waste food

It is worth reading an interesting infographic story on water consumption of how much water we use and what can we do: http://www.angelamorelli.com/water

Water Management, Water Framework Directive and Hydropower

Presentations from the 2nd Workshop on Water Management, Water Framework Directive and Hydropower held in Brussels on  13-14 September 2011 can be downloaded here

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The importance of boundaries in international river management

Science for Environment Policy article:  The importance of boundaries in international river management. DG Environment News Alert Service, European Commission.

A new study has compared the impacts of managing rivers according to two different boundaries in Europe and Africa: the physical boundary of the river itself and the socio-political boundaries of the nations and regions that surround it. To read the full article please click here.

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Ireland noncompliant with the EU legislation to draw up marine strategies to protect Ireland’s seas.

Ireland has been asked by EU Commission to comply with EU legislation to draw up marine strategies to protect Ireland’s seas. Ireland has not informed the Commission about the transposition of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which should have been in place by 15 July 2010 and if it fails to do so the EU Commission may refer its case to the EU Court of Justice, which can lead to financial sanctions. Also delays in implementing the Directive lessen the chances of achieving good status of marine waters in Ireland and could have implications on Europe’s seas.

To read the full press release please click here.

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Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources

The European Commission has produced a brochure on WFD objectives and implementation: Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources and a leaflet on the same topic.

Please note that the size of the brochure is 9.58MB

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River Basin Management Plans 2009-2015 Information on availability by country

Following extensive consultations on Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans should since 22.12.2009 be available in all River Basin Districts across the EU.

The deadline for publishing River Basin management Plans (22.12.2009) and the deadline for reporting these plans to the Commission (22.3.2010) have expired ! The Commission services are currently assessing the status of the reports received.

To find out more about the River Basin Management Plans available in each River Basin District , as well as the status of consultations which are still ongoing in the different EU Member States please click here.

To view Ireland’s River Basin Management Plans please click here.

For more information on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Ireland please visit WFD Ireland website and Europa-European Commission-Water website