Summary title: Petition No 0095/2021 by Lucile Richard (French), on behalf of Bassines Non Merci, bearing 45 signatures, on alternative reserves for agricultural irrigation in breach of Water Framework Directive
Petition number: 0095/2021
Topics: Regional Policy, Financial Services, Environment - Water, Environment - Pollution, Agriculture
Name of association: Bassines Non Merci
Name: Lucile Richard
The petitioner refers to private storage projects for water pumped into groundwater for agricultural irrigation, known as ‘alternative reserves’, growing in France, particularly in the Marais Poitevin and its tributaries. Financed by 70 % by French and European public funds water installations are disproportionate to a small proportion of beneficiary and highly costly. The water stored in this way is exposed to sun, evaporation (wind), external agents, bacterial and algal proliferation (mass pollution by cyanobacteria). This water from the ’alternative reserves’ will be used to irrigate subsidised maize, much of which will be exported, cereals for intensive farming or plants for energy production. The petitioner informs the European Parliament of alleged breach by the France of the European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), in particular the Law on water and aquatic environments of 30 December 2006 (Law No 2006-1772), and subsequently the plans of Aménagement et de Gestion des Eaux (SDAGE) for each river basin (SDAGE). She points out to the principle of non-degradation of water bodies, and deplores a potential impact on communities and milieu. The petitioner alleges that the French government gives the priority to water privatisation that is contrary to main principles of a sustainable development policy in the field of water and that it approves the questionable and counterproductive public funding.