Information, Participation and Public Control in Water Management & Water Infrastructure Development: the European and German Perspective

  • Silke R. LaskowskiEmail author
Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 12)


Water governance across Europe is mainly affected by the European Union Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD), the key legislative instrument to protect and manage European water resources. The WFD requires EU member states to produce and implement river basin management plans, which are to be designed and updated via participatory processes. According to Article 14 WFD, all interested stakeholders shall be actively involved in order to push the effectiveness of the environmental impact of the WFD. However, 18 years after the WFD’s entry into force, 50% of EU waters are still lagging behind the “good status” objective of the Directive. Therefore, implementation shortcomings call for a greater focus on the principles of good water governance, which shall apply to water-related policy areas such as agriculture as well. Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all is a necessary condition for ending poverty and hunger, improving quality of life and achieving most of the other ambitious goals proposed in the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially goal 6 (clean water and sanitation).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty for Economics, Institute for the Law of EconomicsUniversity of KasselKasselGermany

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