For nine consecutive years, the World Economic Forum has ranked the water crises as a top global societal risk in terms of impact on every aspect of our lives. Sufficient fit for purpose water and protection against floods is a pre-requisite to reach many policy objectives of the European Union and the Green deal in particular.
Still, too often water is taken for granted and rather invisible in policy. According to the 2019 UN Water Report, Europe still has work to do to achieve SDG6, providing clean water and sanitation for all. The more recent 2020 report underlines that European society is facing pressing challenges regarding both water quantity and quality.
The EU Water Alliance, composed of a broad scope of water-related stakeholders, has therefore addressed key messages to the Von der Leyen’s Commission to make sure that water is fully considered to achieve a smooth transition and leave no one behind.
EurAqua is part of the EU Water Alliance. TThe manifesto can be found here.