During the last years, Europe and particular Eastern and Southern European areas, is facing a scarcity in available water resources. This situation arises from a complex of several causes, e.g. low efficiency, pollution and lack of an integrated cycle in agricultural, civil and industrial use of water. Furthermore, climate change and rainfall seasonality variation and reduction are worsening the scenario of water availability.
In South East Europe, as evidenced in the Programís Strategic Environment Assessment, one of the main environmental challenges consists of issues related to water and especially the impact of agriculture in water pollution and consumption. On one head, agriculture represents one of the major components of the SEE country economies, while on the other head, one of the main threats for EU waters; reasons include: massive and low-efficient use of water for intensive tilling and ground water pollution from fertilizers.
The third report on implementation of the EU Nitrates Directiv, confirms the significant contribution of agriculture to nitrate pollution of ground and surface waters and to eutrophication, highlighting the fact that Southern European Countries are in delay in the application of the Directive.
EU.WATER raised from the acknowledge that only by running a common approach at wide scale, towards a rationale management of water resources, it will be possible to achieve long-term protection of the water resources.
EU.WATER is implemented by 12 partners in 8 EU and non-EU countries and is co-funded by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Program. The project is coordinated by the Province of Ferrara in Italy.
For any inquiries, please contact directly the Project Manager:
Mr. Riccardo Loberti
Tel. (+39) 053 2299769
e-mail: richardo.loberti (at) provincia.fe.it