Freshwater - Outlook 2020 (Norway)
Climate change is expected to cause an increase in nutrient runoff and serves to reduce the effect of measures to alleviate this problem. It is expected, therefore, that the need for additional measures to achieve such runoff reductions is increasing. Climate change will make our watersheds more hospitable to alien species, and is expected to be a threat to some freshwater species.
The infrastructure for waste water treatment is not dimensioned for the increase in precipitation which most likely will be caused by climate change, resulting in increased discharges of pollutants to water bodies.
The Norwegian government has set a national target to draw up integrated water management plans for every lake and river by the year 2015.
The Norwegian priority list includes about 30 substances and groups of substances that pose a serious threat to health and environment. Norway’s national targets demand that use and emissions of these should be continuously reduced, with the aim of stopping emissions altogether by 2020.