According to the recently published Water Disclosure Global Report 2010, demand for water is projected to outstrip supply by 40 percent by 2030, and an estimated half of the world’s population is likely to live in areas of high water stress by the same year. The message is clear: Water needs sustainable solutions.
The flagship initiative for sustainable growth:
Smarter use of scarce resources in January 2011. Natural resources, from raw materials to food, water, air and ecosystems, are fundamental to the functioning of our economy and our quality of life. But global strains on them are increasing. Building a more resource-efficient Europe is therefore crucial to the EU’s economic and ecological security. The European Commission set out its views on a strategic framework that should deliver a more sustainable use of natural resources and the shift towards resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe. Specific initiatives to be addressed in 2011 are:
The European Commission is expected to table a “Blueprint for Safeguarding Europe’s Water” by 2012. New measures are considered to decrease water consumption in buildings, agriculture and other areas after a major review of current EU water legislation.
The European Water Partnership, MINERVA, MENON and Europe for Business launched the STREAM project in Brussels, from 25 to 26 January. The STREAM project will address the lack of dissemination of the results of earlier EU funded research and scientific projects. It will bring these research results and technologies to the interest of potential up takers through a diversified series of dissemination and communication actions.
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