6.3 Sustainable urban water planning. Cities raising the bar towards more sustainable water management in Europe.
In collaboration with ICLEI and Eurocities
Cities are significantly impacted by the environmental pressures on water resources, such as water scarcity, floods or contamination by pollutants. At the same time they can be at the forefront of innovation and provide security and quality of life to their citizens.
During the session, the European Commission will outline the EU Water Policy and the cities will be asked to highlight their challenges, demonstrate possible solutions, and enter into a dialogue with the European Commission. The audience will be encouraged to discuss how cities can be supported when they strive to enhance quality of life in European cities and at the same time contribute to Member States' efforts to meet the policy objectives of EU water legislation.
The establishment of a platform for cities aiming at supporting the cities (the so called Urban Water Agenda 2030 http://urbanwateragenda2030.eu/) will be in the centre of the discussions.