Ready for the „water turnaround“? - Security – Innovation – Democracy
The consequences of global climate change do not stop at Germany's territorial borders - answers must also be found as to how the water supply for both people and the environment can be secured in the long term in a sufficient quantity and in the necessary quality.
When this year's United Nations World Water Day on March 22nd took place under the motto "Accelerating Change", it called not only for accelerating and intensifying efforts to achieve sustainable water use at the international level, but also at the national level.
In the run-up to the conference, the Federal Government adopted a national water strategy with ten strategic themes, challenges, visions for 2050 as well as targets and measures. Specifically, it is about securing Germany's natural water reserves and taking precautions against water scarcity. Distribution conflicts are to be prevented, and the reconstruction backlog in the water infrastructure is to be addressed. Improving the condition of water bodies and water quality are also intended.
The comprehensive, interministerial approach is commendable. The water strategy can certainly focus the attention of the various actors in the water sector, as well as the population, to the importance of water as a resource, and raise awareness of its value and vulnerability. However, it only marks the beginning of this transformation with a target date of 2050. Essential questions remain vague and require prompt, solution-oriented clarification, involving all relevant actors, especially at the level of the states and municipalities: For example, which are the priorities for implementation? How are responsibilities regulated? How about the financing? What is the exact timetable for implementation and how is it monitored?