More than 375 thousand Europeans have been involved in the fight against water pollution

13.3.2019 - PRAGUE

The #ProtectWater campaign against pollution and destruction of rivers, lakes, groundwater and wetlands within the European Union ended yesterday. People and more than 130 NGOs from all Europe together with Arnika has been involved to support the campaign. It does not agree with the negative affection  of the European norms, what meant to protect water quality, including drinking, and demands focusing on a strict protection. According to the European Environment Agency, 60% of surface water is affected by pollution. The change in legislation could cause more likely higher pollution of fertilisers, pesticides or animal waste, and Europeans might soon lose their drinking water resources.

"More than 375 thousand Europeans have stand against the destruction of water resources, and politicians must take their warnings seriously. Over 60% of water bodies in Europe are in very bad condition. The Governments of the Member States should  finally take the responsibility  and come up with new suggestions how to handle the problems with loosing water resources and how to move the moment when we might  be without drinking water soon," says Vlastimil Karlík from Arnika.

The European Water Framework Directive is currently being renovated what can cause weaker affection. In the context of the campaign, people and NGOs across Europe were involved in the European Commission's public consultations going between November 2018 and 12. March 2019. This was the only opportunity for the public to express their disagreement  to possible changes in legislation. After all,  one of the largest amount of people was involved in the consultations in the history. The results of the consultations are likely to be known in autumn 2019. The Commission's decision  is expected to be taken in the first half of year 2020.

The #ProtectWater campaign led the World Wildlife Fund, the European Environment Bureau, the European Fisheries Alliance, the European River Network and the European Wetlands Association. Together they created the Coalition for the lively rivers that become as a result of public cooperation. The Arnika Association was The Czech partner of this coalition.

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