login:
English
Case Studies
 
Environmental Policy
Water & Flood Management
Waste & Pollution Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
Renewable Energy
Ecology
Environmental Information Management
Environmental Permitting
Research and Development
   
   
 
Home Page / Case Studies / Environmental Policy / Water Scarcity & Droughts Policy in the EU – Gap Analysis. European Commission, DG Environment.
Print this page
 
 
Water Scarcity & Droughts Policy in the EU – Gap Analysis (Ref. No. ENV.D.1/SER/2010/0049)
Client:  Directorate D-Water Chemicals & Biotechnology
DG Environment
European Commission
Region: European Union
Type: Environmental Policy, Water & Flood Management,
Duration: 02/2011 - 08/2012
Other Partners: ACTeon (France) in cooperation with: Artesia (UK) - FEEM (Italy) - Fresh Thoughts (Austria) - I.A.CO (Cyprus) - TYPSA (Spain)


The main objectives of the project were:

Provide a sound overview of the magnitude of the WS&D problem in Europe, today and by 2030, accounting for global changes such as socio-economic developments and climate change;
Assess the adequacy of measures (at national, river basin district or local levels) already envisaged by individual Member States (MS) to prevent, manage or mitigate WS&D;
Identify remaining gaps (i.e. WS&D problems that remain unsolved even with all planned measures already implemented) and suggest possible new measures (or mix of measures) to fully address WS&D in the EU;
Assess qualitatively the environmental, economic and social impacts of these new measures, along with their feasibility.

The project was developed in two consecutive tasks:

1) Task 1 was the gap analysis itself. Building on the review of current knowledge on a) the magnitude of WS&D in Europe, and b) the policy responses already developed to tackle WS&D, it proposed a dual ex-post assessment of:

. The existing (being implemented and recently approved) measures that address WS&D and that are proposed in the River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) of individual Member States (MS).
. The implementation of the recommendations of the 2007 EC Communication on WS&D and of policy instruments developed in Europe, as answers to the key issues identified in this Communication.

2) Task 2 focused on the identification of new policy responses resulting from the gap analysis and on the qualitative assessment of these policy responses. Though initially foreseen, no specific stakeholder consultation process on WS&D was organised by the Commission, WS&D issues being embedded in the wider stakeholder consultation organised in support of the development of the EU Water Blueprint.

The main conclusions of the study, which were fed into the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water, were :

. There is a diversity of gaps for addressing fully WS&D in Europe: Conceptual gaps, Information and assessment gaps, and Policy, governance and implementation gaps.
. Policy areas representing alternative policy approaches to WS&D that could be promoted in Europe were identified: establishment of ecological flows, establishment of efficiency targets, promotion of adequate economic incentives for efficient water use, guiding land use to respond to water scarcity, trading water use rights for the environment, strengthening the European Drought Emergency Response Capacity, and development of Drought Management Plans.
Our Regional Experiences… An Added Value in International Projects

On the South-easternmost verge of Europe, a step away from Greece and Middle-East, on a Mediterranean island with limited resources and with a semi-arid changing climate.
I.A.CO has lots of experiences and case studies to share within most environmental and water related policies in international projects.

Feel free to contact us to discuss partnership opportunities

 
 
 
 
Copyright © I.A.CO Ltd 2012
Designed and Developed
by NETinfo plc
Site Map | Conditions of Use

Contact Us

Tel: (+) 357 – 22429444
Fax: (+)357 – 22519904
E-mail: info@iaco.com.cy