Department - News 2021
Drivers of and pressures arising from selected key water management challenges
This report aims to give a European overview of the main drivers and pressures that are at the core of key water management challenges and which put European water bodies most at risk of not achieving key environmental objectives. Identifying the pressures from and drivers of key water management challenges at the European level can help in prioritising the main issues that should be tackled with measures.
Monitoring Plastics in Rivers and Lakes
Guidelines for the Harmonization of Methodologies
Plastic debris is present in all ecosystems. Research, societal awareness and action have long focused on marine plastics. Current knowledge suggests that most marine plastics originate from land-based sources. Monitoring programmes are needed for assessing the state of and trends of plastic contamination in freshwater systems such as rivers and lakes as well as the role of rivers for connecting land-based plastic sources with the marine environment. They are also needed to achieve target 14.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals: “By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, particularly from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.
The purpose of this report is to provide guidelines for the monitoring of plastic contamination in freshwater environments including rivers, lakes, drinking water and waste water.
National Water Strategy
The BMU's National Water Strategy looks at the challenges facing water management in Germany up to the year 2050. For ten strategic issues, it describes where we want Germany to be by 2050 and the goals and measures the BMU is pursuing along the way.
The BMU draft for a "National Water Strategy" is based on the results of a two-year National Water Dialogue. More than 200 participants from the water industry, agriculture and research, from associations, the federal states and municipalities, together with the BMU, have compiled the most important challenges and goals for the development of water management. The National Citizens' Dialogue on Water contributed further ideas and collected the public's demands on policymakers. For the transformation to sustainable water management, we need all stakeholders involved.
The European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC/ICM) has published its Technical Report 3-5/2020:
- Spatial Analysis of Marine Protected Area Networks in Europe’s Seas III
- Comparison of ecological status between countries and river basin management plans (RBMP) cycles
- Preliminary assessment of river floodplain condition in Europe
The European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC/ICM) has published its Technical Report1/2020:
Report on bathing water quality in Europe published:
Dietrich Borchardt appointed as representative of Germany to the Scientific Advisory Board of PRIMA