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European Environmental Governance – Approaches and Future Developments of European Water Governance
Monday 10 February, 20:00 - 22:00
Goal 6 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals specifies the ensuring of the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. In times during which the consequences and impacts of climate change show themselves in rising sea levels, increased periods of drought and desertification, water governance – the international governing framework to regulate water resources and their management has reached unprecedented significance.
Water issues have been on the political agenda of the European Union since the 1970s. While originally associated with different areas of the world, issues like drought, water-scarcity and pollution have increasingly reached importance also on the European Agenda and call for multilateral, cross-border solutions. The agricultural sector, cities and rural areas in Europe all face different challenges when it comes to the sustainable management of water and natural resources. In 2000, the EU passed the EU Water Framework Directive, a legislation aiming to focus both on the improvement of water quality and the management of water bodies, and setting out ecological and chemical standards to be upheld for water bodies in throughout the EU. While mainly considered a good step towards a more sustainable water management, the directive has been criticised for its lacking implementation and missing enforceability.
Dr. Carel Dieperink is currently a senior lecturer and senior researcher at Utrecht University. Topics of his teaching and research concern (environmental) policy analysis and evaluation, international environmental governance, water governance, climate change adaptation and environmental innovations. His current research activities can be summarised under the heading multilevel water governance and focus on the interplay between (inter)national institutions dealing with water issues. Recent projects concern the implementation of European Union policies (the Water Framework and Flood Directives, integrated coastal zone management), international river basin management (development of the regime for climate adaption in the Rhine catchment area) and knowledge co-production (assessment of Dutch and EU water and climate projects). In this lecture, Carel Dieperink will give an overview of the way issues are addressed and the results that have been achieved. Next, he will clarify what the challenges are for future European water governance and what political actions will be needed to address them.
This lecture is a collaboration between SIB-Groningen and AEGEE-Groningen as part of AEGEE-Groningen’s EuropeWeek. It is open and free to everybody.
After the lecture, you are welcome to stay and have a drink with us. The Soy Boys, a Groningen-based band, will perform.