Local deals for better water management
In 2000, the EU developed the Water Framework Directive to address water quality and usage across Europe. The aim of the directive is to achieve ‘a good ecological status of Europe’s waters by 2015’. However to date, measures taken to reach the target have proved to be largely ineffective.
EWS and RISE believe that if this target is to be reached, a new approach needs to be taken that includes greater stakeholder involvement and public-private partnerships. This is why the two organisations have launched a ‘local deals’ initiative.
Local deals are when water users in a river basin come together to find mutually beneficial solutions to sustainable water management. As an example, downstream users (companies/authorities) may provide financial support for systems change to upstream users (farmers/companies) to reduce water pollution to save on water treatment costs.
Local deals are going on around Europe right now but are largely unknown. We want to find out where they are and what works best, so please help us and fill in our questionnaire.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH LOCAL DEALS?
- Do you know any examples of current local deals? If yes, what are, from your point of view, the 3 main benefits of the local deal? (e.g. for the catchment area?)
- Are you or have you been actively involved in a local deal? If yes, please indicate the 3 key elements of the project that make it successful and the 3 main challenges it faces.
- Are you interested in creating a new local deal or do you know of any initiatives that are currently setting up new local deal projects?