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SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 4
In the past, European water management has focused on increasing supply through deep wells, dams and reservoirs, desalination and large-scale water–transfer infrastructures. Future water management will benefit from applying an ecosystems perspective, using floodplains and groundwater aquifers for storing water, making room for rivers, and minimising the environmental impacts of water engineering projects.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 3
Over the past ten years Europe has suffered more than 175 major floods, causing deaths, the displacement of people and large economic losses. Climate change is projected to increase the intensity and frequency of floods.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 2
Water scarcity and droughts have severe consequences for many economic sectors. Over-abstraction is causing low river flows, lowered groundwater levels and the drying-up of wetlands, with detrimental impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Climate change is projected to increase water shortages, particularly in the Mediterranean region.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Publication Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment
Europe's freshwaters are affected by water scarcity, droughts, floods and physical modifications. Many water bodies are at risk of failing to meet the aim of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) to achieve good status by 2015. Future policies should encourage demand management through actions such as increasing water efficiency. In addition, water management will benefit from applying an ecosystems perspective, using floodplains and groundwater aquifers for storing water, and making room (space) for rivers.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
Figure Water Exploitation Index (WEI)
Better information will help us adapt The Water Exploitation Index (WEI) is a good example of the type of information needed to give an overview of the scale and location of the problems facing us
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Figure Projected change in mean seasonal and annual river flow between 2071-2100 and the reference period 1961-1990
Simulations with LISFLOOD driven by HIRHAM HadAM3H/HadCM3 based on IPCC SRES scenario A2.
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Figure Projected change in daily average river flow for four rivers
Projected river flow 2071-2100 (green line) and the observed river flow 1961-1990 (orange line)
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Publication Regional climate change and adaptation — The Alps facing the challenge of changing water resources
Drawing on the most recent knowledge of climate change impacts in the Alps and experiences across the region, this report analyses the risks that climate change presents to the region's water supply and quality, identifying needs, constraints, opportunities, policy levers and options for adaptation. It extracts policy guidance on adaptation practice and aims to assist regional and local stakeholders in developing robust adaptation strategies. The focus of the report is on water resources and related adaptation, rather than water-related extreme events like floods, avalanches, landslides or mudflows, which are already well covered by existing studies of climate change impacts in the Alps.
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Publication Water resources across Europe — confronting water scarcity and drought
This report provides an up-to-date assessment of water resources across Europe.
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Indicator Assessment Urban waste water treatment (CSI 024/WAT 005) - Assessment published Jan 2009
Wastewater treatment in all parts of Europe has improved during the last 15-20 years. The percentage of the population connected to wastewater treatment in the southern, south-eastern and eastern Europe has increased during last ten years, but is still relative low compared to the central and northern Europe.
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