The REC is continually exploring innovative ways to focus attention on water-related issues, embracing a broad selection of stakeholders’ concerns in the interests of social and economic development and environmental protection. The REC's work in this area of expertise, implemented in the context of the integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach, contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation (SDG 6) and its targets.
The REC's objectives within this area of expertise are to:
- achieve the more sustainable use of water resources, taking into consideration the protection of water-related ecosystems;
- strengthen multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation at international, national and/or local level;
- inspire an integrated approach to adaptation to the challenges created or aggravated by climate change, including measures to mainstream adaptation into sectoral policies; and
- reinforce the incorporation of IWRM principles in other sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport and tourism.
Water and sanitation are at the very core of sustainable development. The REC focuses on all aspects of water resources management by providing capacity-building initiatives, neutral platforms for transboundary cooperation, and concrete technical services towards the achievement of SDG 6. Water authorities and practitioners, as well as civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), women and young people, are prioritised in the implementation of activities.
The REC provides the leadership, management and coordination of water programmes and projects, including communication and media outreach actions.
- Integrated water resources management
- Water governance
- Access to information and public participation
- Improving common understanding and awareness raising on water issues among various actors
- Support to international cooperation and stakeholder participation, including legal and institutional aspects
- Assessment and prioritisation of significant concerns in relation to the management of watercourses shared between two or more countries
- Coordination of activities among regional and national agencies
- Exchange of good practices and knowledge transfer
- Development and implementation of EU freshwater policies
- Introduction of measures to facilitate adaptation to climate change impacts
- Strengthening of environmental monitoring and assessments concerning water resources and water-related ecosystems
- Water demand management and other conventional and non-conventional tools for water use and security
- Disaster risk reduction concerning water extremes, floods and droughts