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Weakening the EU water law: Industry's wish listOnly 40 percent of EU rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands are healthy today, largely due to pressures from industrial agriculture and hydropower, as well as other sectors, such as mining.
Some industries have been coming together under the umbrella of European and national associations to lobby for substantial changes to EU water legislation, the backbone of which is the Water Framework Directive (WFD). This report shows that, if ever put into effect, the changes would give these sectors the green light to undertake even more destructive activities, potentially causing havoc on our rivers and lakes. But, far from obliging these sectors to clean up their act, some Member States have compiled a strikingly similar wish list, raising serious questions as to where their true interests lie.
reports and briefings
CEE Bankwatch, Euronatur, RiverWatch, WWF report: Western Balkans hydropower: Who pays, who profits?PDF 11.01 MB
Briefing: Good water management, the heart of Europe's drought response (July 2019)PDF 1.69 MB
Living Rivers Europe report: Weakening the EU water law, industry's wish list (May 2019)PDF 2.83 MB
Expert consultation: WWF EPO submission to the fitness check of the WFD (March 2019)PDF 856 KB
WWF, EEB, ERN, Wetlands International report: Bringing life back to Europe's waters, the EU water law in action (September 2018)PDF 5.36 MB
Living Rivers Europe briefing: The EU Water Framework Directive, fit for purpose (July 2018)PDF 359 KB
Feature: Harnessing Europe's rivers for power - is it worth it? (Summer 2018)PDF 2.82 MB