Environmental organisations demand ambitious implementation of European targets from federal and state governments
Joint press release by BUND, GRÜNE LIGA, NABU, WWF and the environmental umbrella organisation Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR)
Berlin, 11.09.2020 -
"Water protection is a service of general interest. Without further financial and human resources as well as adaptation of organisational structures and laws, the European obligations to protect water bodies cannot be implemented," declare the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND), the Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR), the GRÜNE LIGA, the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) and the WWF Deutschland on the occasion of today's Water Protection Forum of the environmental associations. "The three consecutive dry summers show quite clearly that water is a very precious commodity even in our latitudes," the associations agreed and demanded that the federal and state governments consistently protect water bodies in line with European requirements.
Without fundamental changes in European agricultural policy, the goals of the Water Framework Directive cannot be achieved. Nutrients and pesticides, but also the transformation of watercourses for intensive agriculture, are causing problems for water bodies. The GRÜNE LIGA Federal Contact Point for Water has compiled some positive approaches across the EU and published them in cooperation with the European Environmental Bureau EEB in the brochure: "Agri-Water-Nexus - Agricultural practices that protect water".
On the occasion of the Bonn2011 conference "The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus - Solutions for the Green Economy", the GRÜNE LIGA published the 12-page brochure "Water for Life", which addresses key international challenges such as the human right to water and sanitation, European river basin management and international dam plans. The position paper was produced in cooperation with Forum Environment and Development, Global Nature Fund, infoe, Lake Constance Foundation, Netzwerk unser Wasser and International Rivers. For the realisation of the German edition (February 2011), Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Netzwerk Lebendige Seen Deutschland could also be won as cooperation partners.
The position paper can be downloaded here (pdf 1.02 MB).
In the view of the GRÜNE LIGA, the opportunities offered by the application of the economic instruments of the Water Framework Directive are still being underused. Besides some successes and promising approaches, there are a number of deficits and an urgent need for action. All this is outlined in the position paper "The economic instruments of the Water Framework Directive as an opportunity for water protection". This brochure is also intended to contribute to the current debate on the advisability of unrestrained waterway expansion (p. 21), the debate on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (p. 22) and comprehensive resource protection.
The position paper can be downloaded here (pdf 1.61 MB).
The EEB position paper "EU Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020: CAP-Reform must deliver to safeguard Europe's waters", drafted by the Federal Contact Point for Water of the GRÜNE LIGA, deals in particular with the need to anchor fundamental, obligatory measures of the Water Framework Directive in cross compliance, i.e. to provide for them as an obligatory condition for the payments of the 1st pillar (direct payments) of the European Agricultural Policy. EEB, 2012.
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The GRÜNE LIGA Federal Contact Point Water has been a member of the EEB's Water Working Group for over 20 years and is a founding member of both the Water Working Group of the Forum Environment and Development and the "Living Lakes Germany" network.
Michael Bender represents the GRÜNE LIGA as an observer at the International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe (IKSE).
In 2021, the cooperation between the GRÜNE LIGA and the Living Rivers Foundation was intensified and a joint office was established at the federal association.
Together with the GRÜNE LIGA Berlin, we were active in the Aktionsnetz Kleingewässer Berlin, in 2022.
Since January 2023, the GRÜNE LIGA Berlin e.V. is partner in the pilot project Wassernetz Berlin. We will organise 24 dialogues at water over 3 years (around 8 per year) to raise awareness of the public on the issues faced by water bodies and offer training in their management (biodiversity, physical and chemical status, etc.), as well as helping our partners in the project to prepare for the enhancement and restoration measures that will be implemented in the framework of this pilot project. You can find the schedule of dialogs on our events page.
On the European level, the GRÜNE LIGA e.V. is also member of the European Water Movement. The EWM aims at reinforcing the recognition of water as a commons and as a fundamental universal right.
On a global level, the GRÜNE LIGA e.V. is also involved in the People's Water Forum, a coordinating space for Water Justice Movements around the world.