We need a strong water management framework to address future challenges

Reference Number: PR191124, Press Release Issue Date: May 21, 2019
Minister for Energy and Water Management Joe Mizzi said that we need to ensure that the European water management framework is sufficiently strong to be able to address the future challenges arising due to climate change. 
“The implementation of the Water Framework Directive and associated directives such as the Urban Waste Water Directive have had a profound impact in improving water management in Europe. Our focus should, therefore, be on maintaining the high level of ambition of these directives, whilst increasing implementation flexibility to ensure that the directives can be effectively applied in the highly diverse water environment of Europe,” he stated during his address at the Ministerial Conference on Water hosted by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in Bucharest. 
“My country, Malta, presents an effective case-study of water management under severe water stress, arising due to our semi-arid Mediterranean climate which significantly limits the availability of natural freshwater resources. Climate change projections indicate that this, unfortunately, will increasingly be the case in Europe, and hence the importance of ensuring that our common regulatory framework can still ensure that our water demands are met whilst still ensuring a high level of protection to the water environment even under conditions of chronic water unavailability,” Minister Mizzi added.
The implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Malta has led to significant improvements in the management of our water resources. Minister Mizzi mentioned the significant improvements in the quality of Malta’s marine waters and the increased emphasis on water demand management and water reuse which is leading to important reductions in national use of natural water resources. He said that this was in particular possible through the support provided by European Union funds such as the Cohesion Fund, the Regional Development Fund, and the Rural Development Fund.
“Looking forward, we can see that this common water management framework can create important opportunities for the continued optimisation of our water resources. We believe that the current evaluation process of EU Water Directives by the European Commission should look into the integration of innovative technologies within the regulatory and legislative framework,” Minister Mizzi concluded.