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Adoption of the Tenth set of water-agency programmes of measures

The river-basin committees and the boards of the Water agencies adopted the Tenth set of water-agency programmes of measures for the period 2013 to 2018. These programmes, drafted following long discussions between the various categories of water users in the basin committees, comply with the national guidelines set by the Ecology ministry. Over the next six years, 13.3 G€ will be spent to preserve water and aquatic environments, focussing on five main priorities, namely
1) efforts against nonpoint-source pollution, primarily of agricultural origin, and protection of supply zones for drinking-water abstractions,
2) restoration of aquatic environments, wetlands and ecological continuity,
3) management of water resources in anticipation of climate change, 4) projects for transitional waters and
5) water treatment in small towns.

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Learning what the public thinks about the future of water

From 1 November until 30 April 2013, all French citizens may express their opinion on the major water issues in the years to come. The various challenges include preserving water resources and aquatic environments, avoiding flooding, anticipating water shortages, providing clean drinking water to all, eliminating pollution, including water issues in territorial planning and development projects, etc. You are invited to participate in the consultation and to pass the word to friends and relatives. The consultation is organised in each river basin by the basin committee and will contribute to the work of revising the river-basin management plans (RBMP 2016-2021) and the programmes of measures that determine, for each basin, the major guidelines for balanced management of water resources and the projects required to attain good water status in compliance with the European Water framework directive.

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Special meeting on European litigation procedures

The Ecology ministry, with Onema, the Water agencies and IOWater, organised a national meeting on "Correct application of European law in the water field", in Paris on 10 October. Over 250 people participated in the debates, representing local State services and public agencies active in the water field and responsible for the application of national laws implementing European directives for water and aquatic environments. The agenda included presentations on the preparation of European law, litigation and financial sanctions (penalties and fines), a review of litigation against Member states (European urban wastewater directive, Nitrates directive), an initial review of WFD implementation in the Member states with particular attention paid to France and an analysis of the involvement of the various territorial levels in WFD implementation.

Contact: alexis.delaunay@onema.fr

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A European action plan to save water resources

The European commission has launched an action plan to save water resources in Europe. The long-term strategy should ensure the availability of high-quality water in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of the population, economic activities and the environment. The plan, called the blueprint to safeguard Europe's waters, comprises three parts.

1. Improve current implementation of water policy in the EU by taking full advantage of current laws.
2. Encourage inclusion of water-policy goals in other fields of activity, e.g. agriculture, fisheries, renewable energy, transportation, as well as in the Cohesion fund and the Structural funds.
3. Fill in any gaps in current legislation, particularly concerning the instruments required to achieve more rational use of water.

The plan provides Member states with a range of instruments to improve water management on the national, regional and river-basin levels.

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European meetings on science and policy

The third “Water science meets policy" meeting organised by Onema and EC DG RTD (Research and innovation directorate of the European commission) in Brussels took place on 14 and 15 November. Some 80 participants, i.e. representatives of the Member states and the European commission, stakeholders in river basins, persons active in WFD implementation and scientists, discussed how to structure water policies and research programmes in order to instil a scientific approach to WFD implementation. The meeting dealt with improving the transfer of knowledge produced by research projects, making wider use of dissemination techniques and adjusting knowledge bases.

Fore more information    |    Contact: frederique.martini@onema.fr

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Novel experiment at the Montpellier prosecutor's office

The deputy prosecutor in Montpellier, in charge of environmental issues, launched a project to streamline penal policy for cases involving damage to the environment. All the concerned environmental police forces (departmental territorial and maritime agency, regional environmental agency, Onema, national agency for hunting and wildlife, Gendarmerie) meet once a month at the prosecutor's offices to discuss how to proceed with reported offences. A rapid, open exchange between the participants provides the prosecutor with the information required to assess the issues involved and the seriousness of each offence, notably in view of environmental restoration. Offence citations are recorded during each meeting. The departmental territorial and maritime agency then updates a data table used by each police force to monitor the decisions and procedure for each offence discussed.

Contact: odile.cruz@onema.fr

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Onema Meetings

A new issue of Onema Meetings was recently published on the subject of "Waterways and ecological continuity". It sums up the discussions held during a technical meeting in Paris last May, organised by VNF (French waterways agency) and Onema, in collaboration with the Ecology ministry, the Water agencies, the maritime and river technical centres and IOWater. The purpose of the meeting was to draw up a status report on projects targeting a reduction of the impact of waterways on ecological continuity and to set improvement goals for both longitudinal and latitudinal continuity in waterways.

Document (in french) available here

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