The Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources has been issued in November 2012. It outlines actions that concentrate on better implementation of current water legislation, integration of water policy objectives into other policies, and filling the gaps in particular as regards water quantity and efficiency. As part of the Fitness Check , the entire relevant body of legislation – including the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive (FD) – has been analysed to identify potential improvements.
Findings of the Blueprint related to flood management
To deal with the increase in vulnerability against flooding, the Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) that should be developed by 2015, should bring about improved land use and spatial planning, accounting for climate change, resilience and adaptation needs. From a freshwater policy point of view, special attention needs to go to flood risk management measures like restoring floodplains and wetlands and reducing soil sealing. These measures may contribute to flood safety, drought prevention, as well as water quality and ecology. Therefore, they should be included in both RBMPs (WFD) and FRMPs (FD) and become a priority for financing under the CAP, Cohesion and Structural Funds.