Marta Moren Abat, policy officer, European Commission Directorate-General for Environment International, Regional and Bilateral Relations, ENV E1 Unit
Presenting in Plenary Session I. : Water security in the context of climate change
Title of the presentation: Water and climate change: Vision from the European Commission
Climate change is projected to lead to major changes in yearly and seasonal precipitation and water flow, flooding and coastal erosion risks, water quality, and the distribution of species and ecosystems.
The 2013 EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change encourages Member States to take action in order to adapt to the consequences of climate change, including droughts and floods. The Strategy further aims at bridging the climate-related knowledge gap for better informed decision making, and at mainstreaming climate adaptation in relevant EU policies- such as the Floods Directive.
Several existing European Union (EU) policies address water management issues. The most important are the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and its daughter directives, the EU Floods Directive, and the EU Water Scarcity and Droughts Strategy. Collectively, these provide legal instruments for protecting and restoring the water environment, as well as steps that can be taken to reduce risks to human health, cultural heritage and economic activity.