The Urban Water Agenda 2030 (UWA2030) will be a new component in the European Union’s ambitious water policy, which is aiming to achieve a good status of all water bodies, and make member states better prepared for extreme weather events as reflected in the Water Framework Directive (adopted in 2000) and the Floods Directive (adopted in 2007). The UWA2030 aims to enable local governments to accelerate the implementation of local policies and practices for sustainable urban water management.
The Urban Water Agenda 2030 process acknowledges the essential role of cities in water resources management. It is an initiative to encourage, support and enable local governments and their water utilities to take voluntary action for complementing Member States' efforts to meet EU water policy. Therefore, ICLEI and EUROCITIES, on behalf of the European Commission, are conducting an online consultation on the development of the initiative.
The consultation is based on a draft strategy for the Urban Water Agenda 2030 which has been elaborated by the DG Environment of the European Commission, ICLEI and EUROCITIES, and a core group of cities that are closely involved in the development of the initiative. This draft strategy offers cities the possibility to commit themselves to implement action in one to five strategic directions:
- action at local level
- action between cities
- action at river basin level
- action at EU level
- action in a global context
The consultation targets European cities of all sizes as well as stakeholders of the water sector (such as: water utilities and providers, water industry, research and academic community) and runs until Monday 9 October. Your replies will help design an initiative which is relevant to cities’ needs and foster integrated and sustainable water management in urban areas. Don’t miss this opportunity, and feel free to forward the consultation to other municipalities!
More information about Urban Water Agenda 2030 and the Consultation Process can be seen here.