Accelerating the recovery of the European Eel

Act NOW: tell the European Commission to keep our water law strong!

A lot of things go into making your favourite beer, but it all starts with good quality water. But Europe’s water sources are deteriorating at an alarming rate and freshwater ecosystems face many pressures.

Rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams and groundwater are all protected under EU law. Member States must protect their waters, and restore those which have already been damaged. 2027 is their final deadline.

As you read this, many Member States are trying to weaken the law. Together, we MUST stop this. Tell the European Commission to keep our water law strong!

 

Why this campaign?

We all need water to survive. But without healthy rivers, lakes and wetlands, there is no water. The sources of Europe’s water are protected under EU law – but many EU governments want to weaken the law. Together, we MUST stop this from happening.

The European Commission now wants you to have your say through its public consultation. This is your only chance to tell them to keep our water law strong.

We have prepared the response that will best ensure that the law is kept safe. To send this to the Commission on your behalf, please fill in your details and click ‘ACT NOW’.

What’s the problem?

According to the latest data, 60% of Europe’s rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands are unhealthy. For generations we have destroyed and polluted them, and used too much water irresponsibly.

If we continue in this way, it will affect everything – from small things in our day-to-day lives we take for granted to keeping entire industries going. It will also affect all the countless species that need these ecosystems to survive.

The EU water law protects our water sources, but governments now want to weaken it. Tell governments to keep our EU water law strong.

Who’s responsible?

Everyone has a part to play, but our governments are allowing rivers, lakes and wetlands to be exploited in ways that cause permanent harm. For example, dams and other infrastructure (e.g. for hydropower, flood defence and navigation) disrupt a river’s natural flow and stop species from reproducing. Unsustainable agriculture pollutes and uses lots of water.

Through the EU water law, governments agreed to end this destruction – but, they have failed to live up to their promises. And, to make matters worse, they now want weaken the law. 

What’s the solution?

Turning back the clock on this deterioration cannot be done without strong legislation. In Europe, we have a strong law that protects our rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams, coastal waters and groundwater – the EU Water Framework Directive. It also ensures that waters which have already been damaged are brought back to life, and by 2027 at the latest.

But, as you read this, many governments are trying to weaken the law. This would be a terrible blow for our rivers, lakes and wetlands, and everything that depends on them.

Act NOW: tell the European Commission to keep our water law strong! We have prepared the response that will best ensure that the law is kept safe. To send this to the Commission on your behalf, please fill in your details and click ‘ACT NOW’.



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