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  • Environment: Directive on flood risk management comes into force

    Reducing the risks and adverse consequences of floods in the European Union is the aim of the new directive on flood risk management coming into force today. The directive requires flood risk management to be negotiated across national borders and contains important commitments to increase transparency and involve citizens. Member States are now obliged to identify river basins and associated ...

  • Compensating for re-directed flooding

    Flood prevention actions can redirect flooding to another location. A new French survey indicates that current local compensation policies to deal with this situation may be financially unviable. It suggests more practical solutions would involve insurance schemes and state intervention, as well as local water management institutions. The EU Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood ...

  • Water environment federation announces new strategic direction

    Following the most comprehensive planning effort undertaken in its 84-year history, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces a new strategic direction that emphasizes innovation and increasing awareness of the value of water as well as a continued commitment to supporting the expertise of the water profession. Highlighting a mission 'to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, ...

  • Better integration of temporary rivers into the Water Framework Directive

    Improvements to EU water policy have been proposed in a recent study, to help ensure that temporary rivers and streams in the Mediterranean are adequately protected in line with the goals of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The researchers suggest new classifications for river types, and highlight the importance of distinguishing between natural and human-derived causes of intermittent water ...

  • A new direction for climate negotiations

    The Copenhagen climate summit ended six months ago in what was widely seen in the clean tech and environmentalist communities as a major disappointment. Now, six months later, at the conclusion of yet another climate negotiation in Bonn, Germany, optimism for a climate agreement this year is no brighter than in those dark days of December. Nonetheless, the outlines of a pragmatic new approach are ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Water: managing general interest

    The Academy of European Law and the Institute for German and European Water Law Management (IDEW) will organise a conference on European Water Management Law in Brussels on 23rd to 24th September 2010. The EU Water Framework Directive, adopted in 2000, provides for a number of measures to be implemented jointly by member states across borders. The third annual ...

  • UK government publishes standards guidance for Water Framework Directive

    Defra and the Welsh Assembly government have published a second volume of guidance on river basin management planning, outlining the role of environmental quality standards in implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The guidance explains the range of new standards that have been developed by the UK environment agencies, and considers the way in which the Directive’s costs and benefits ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Singapore Leads the Way in Charting Future Research Directions for Water Solutions

    More than 300 senior water technology experts from 35 countries identified the technology focus areas (TFAs) for the global water industry at the first ever Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) Technology and Innovation Summit (STIS), held from 16-17 June 2015. These included low-energy seawater desalination, network asset management and energy efficiency in wastewater treatment, amongst ...

  • EPA complies with court decision and directs Florida to restore water quality in the everglades

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directed the state of Florida to take specific measures to restore water quality to levels that protect the Everglades. This action, known as an “Amended Determination,” complies with a decision by Judge Alan Gold of the U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida following lawsuits by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and the ...

  • Coalition Urges New Direction for Delta Stewardship Council

    A coalition of water agencies, local governments, associations and other organizations is urging the Delta Stewardship Council to move away from the regulatory approach of its latest draft Delta Plan and return its focus to the charge laid out for the council in the 2009 comprehensive water package enacted by the Legislature. In a letter submitted to the council, representatives ...


    By Marketwire

  • EU environmental liability directive soon to become law

    The European Union’s Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) will come into force in England from 1 March and will have an impact on waste management activities, according to international law firm Freshfields. The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations require operators not only to take preventative action to avoid environmental damage occurring in the first place, but ...

  • New directions for protecting deep-sea biodiversity

    The deep sea is vulnerable to human impacts and environmental changes. A recent report provides an insight into deep-sea ecosystems and makes recommendations for future research and policies to protect deep-sea species and habitats. Two thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by ocean waters more than 200 metres deep, referred to collectively as the deep sea. Yet there remains a lack of ...

  • Implementation of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC)

    What are the objectives of the IPPC Directive? This Directive was adopted in 1996 and had to be transposed into the national legislation of EU Member States by 30 October 1999. The aim of this key law on industrial emissions is to achieve a high level of environmental protection through integrated prevention and control of the pollution arising from a wide range of industrial and agricultural ...

  • Water and Waste Water Management Market in India 2013

    The new report, ‘Water and Waste Water Management Market in India’, states that growing urbanization and industrialization will foster the growth of the Water and Waste Water Management Market. Negligence and excess exploitation of water resources have resulted in scarcity in water supply. Water and Waste Water Management services facilitate the process of removal, treatment and ...


  • Mapping groundwater flooding for the EU Floods Directive

    In the coming years the EU Floods Directive1 will require Member States to produce flood hazard and risk maps. Taking the UK as a case study, new research highlights the need for advances in data collection, mapping and groundwater flood warning systems to meet EU requirements for maps and management plans. Although often occurring less frequently than fluvial (river) flooding, the effects of ...

  • Rio+20 agreement - a modest step in the right direction

    At last week’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, delegates did not agree to any ambitious treaties or deadlines for dealing with pressing issues such as climate change, food and water scarcity. However, there were many positive signs for the future global environment. On Friday 22 June, heads of state and government signed an agreement on sustainable development called ‘The ...

  • Integrated water management - key to development

    Integrate Water Management to Help Countries on Hydropower, says Review of World Bank Group Water Strategy With the global population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, economic development spurring demand for more and better food, and increased hydrological variability caused by climate change, a review of the World Bank Group's water strategy calls for better information and a more ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Euro MPs move forward on soil protection directive

    The European Parliament yesterday adopted its first-reading report on the first EU directive on soil protection. Among the key points adopted by MEPs is the setting up of public inventories of contaminated sites within the EU and the need for Member States to draw up remediation strategies. MEPs reinstate a list of potentially soil polluting activities. Member States will be allowed some ...


    By European Parliament

  • Miliband sets strategic direction for overhaul of energy system

    Faster and fairer planning decisions on new energy infrastructure were a step closer as Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband laid before Parliament draft texts setting out the national need for a low carbon secure energy mix. He also set out an ambitious new policy for the transition to clean coal. The draft National Policy Statements (NPSs) published today are a crucial part of reforms that ...


  • Questions and Answers on the new European air quality directive

     Questions and Answers on the new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe 1) What is the issue? Air pollution is caused by the emission to the atmosphere of certain substances which, alone or through chemical reaction, can damage human health and/or the environment. Air pollution is both a local and a transboundary problem as emissions from one country can travel large ...

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