Inviting widespread public assist, the target of the marketing campaign is to maintain the EU’s Water Framework Directive as rigorous as potential. With many EU member states failing to satisfy the targets of the directive, rewilding may also help to enhance the well being of European water ecosystems and assure sustainable provides of freshwater.
In the present day Rewilding Europe is dedicated to restoring waterways and water our bodies to their wildest potential situation throughout its operational areas, with hydrology ruled by pure processes. It is because of this that we wholeheartedly assist a brand new marketing campaign launched yesterday to maintain the European Union’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) as rigorous as potential. The web marketing campaign, referred to as #ProtectWater and supported by a complete of 100 European NGOs, is spearheaded by WWF, the European Environmental Bureau, European Anglers Alliance, European Rivers Network and Wetlands International, who collectively kind the Living Rivers Europe coalition (launched in March 2017).
The marketing campaign, which can run till March 4, 2019, calls on the European Fee to defend the WFD, the EU’s essential laws governing the administration of its freshwater assets. Simply because the Birds and Habitats Directives had been evaluated several years ago (and handed match for objective), the WFD is at present present process its personal health verify.
This new marketing campaign, which gives an easy tool for people to express their support for preserving the WFD robust and efficient, is the one alternative for most people to have its say throughout the analysis interval.
“The Water Framework Directive is our strongest instrument to make sure that Europe’s rivers, lakes and wetlands are protected and restored for generations to come back,” says Roberto Epple, president of the European Rivers Community. “It shouldn’t be weakened, however strongly supported by all EU member states and enforced by the EU. By way of this marketing campaign, residents can be part of the battle to guard our waters.”
The #ProtectWater marketing campaign makes use of provocative eventualities and imagery round the way forward for beer to encourage residents in Europe and past to take part. The eventualities painted within the marketing campaign could appear excessive, however beer corporations are certainly anxious concerning the future high quality of water in Europe. They’ve issued a joint statement, signed by breweries equivalent to Hungary’s Csupor and Slovakia’s Affiliation of Small Impartial Breweries. Recognising that their skill to provide high quality beer depends on the safety and sustainable administration of Europe’s water sources, these corporations all assist the WFD in its present kind.
The implementation of the WFD, which started in 2000, has led to important enhancements in some European water ecosystems. However the WFD goal of reaching wholesome standing for all of Europe’s waters by 2015 was missed by a good distance, with solely 50% at present estimated to be in good situation. Unsustainable agriculture, hydropower, flood defence and navigation are recognised as the primary pressures stopping the targets of the WFD from being totally realised.
“Such pressures recommend that guaranteeing water high quality will proceed to be a essential environmental challenge in Europe,” says Eef Silver, a coverage officer at Wetlands Worldwide. “River restoration contributes considerably to delivering good water high quality, however enormous gaps stay within the implementation of our robust water laws. EU member states ought to prioritise the implementation of enormous scale restoration measures and reverse the continued deterioration of European rivers.”
The function of rewilding
Habitat loss and degradation is a significant barrier to biodiversity conservation and reaching the targets of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Water Framework Directive. Restoring and sustaining massive and inter-connected areas of top of the range habitat equivalent to wetlands and floodplains is subsequently vitally essential to the conservation of European nature and securing sustainable provides of freshwater.
Rewilding, which may also help to create an urgently wanted, well-connected network of green and blue infrastructure right across Europe, sometimes represents a cost-efficient strategy to ecosystem restoration. The purpose is to revive dynamic and self-sustaining ecosystems and, the place acceptable, stimulate new enterprise and financial exercise. This opens up the prospect of considerably lowering recurrent administration prices, and the chance to boost new funding and revenue streams, thus creating new incentives for stakeholders and native communities to worth their pure capital and assist conservation.
In 2017 Rewilding Europe carried out river restoration in two of its operational areas: Lapland and the Oder Delta. In Lapland this work has included the elimination of log dams which are a legacy of the native forestry trade. We’ve additionally simply acquired a 2.1 million euro grant from the Endangered Landscapes Programme to rewild an intensive space of wetland within the Danube Delta.
Rewilding Europe is a accomplice in Dam Removal Europe (DRE), a European-wide coalition of organisations working to revive European rivers by eradicating previous and out of date dams and weirs. And we assist a marketing campaign to completely halt Poland’s inland waterways programme, which might have a vastly damaging impression on wild nature and water high quality if it was to be applied.