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Water resources across Europe: Confronting water scarcity and drought
European Environment Agency
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Despite the vast amount of water on the planet, decades of unsustainable management mean that water shortages have reached crisis point in many regions. Globally, humans appropriate more than 50% of all renewable and accessible freshwater, while billions still lack the most basic water services. Until now, most Europeans have been insulated from the social, economic and environmental impacts of severe water shortages. But as demand increases and the global climate changes, is Europe becoming more susceptible? This report provides an up-to-date assessment of water resources across Europe with the key objectives of: (1) describing spatial patterns and trends in water availability and abstraction, identifying those regions subject to the greatest water stress and the detrimental impacts that ensue; (2) increasing awareness of the challenges of water scarcity and drought; (3) illustrating good practice across all relevant economic sectors with respect to demand-led sustainable water resource management; and (4) exploring the quality of current information on water availability and water use and thereby identifying gaps in knowledge.
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