Water protection and management

01-02-2018

Water is essential for human, animal and plant life and for the economy. Its protection and management transcend national boundaries. The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) establishes a legal framework to protect and restore clean water in the EU and to ensure its long-term sustainable use. It is complemented by more specific legislation, such as the Drinking or Bathing Water Directive, the Floods Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as by international agreements.

Water is essential for human, animal and plant life and for the economy. Its protection and management transcend national boundaries. The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) establishes a legal framework to protect and restore clean water in the EU and to ensure its long-term sustainable use. It is complemented by more specific legislation, such as the Drinking or Bathing Water Directive, the Floods Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as by international agreements.