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  • Date: 7/9/2014

Water Resources Management and Flood Control – Experiences from Poland 

Water is a vital resource we cannot live without. World demand for water doubles every 21 years1. Surface and ground water resources should be properly managed, with special consideration given to maintaining its quality and to sustainable conservation. Simultaneously, water can pose significant danger to natural environment and to human health, cultural heritage and economic activities around the globe. Flood is an unavoidable natural occurrence, but through concrete preventive actions we can limit its destructive effects
In the coming decades there will be mounting pressure on the water availability and an increased risk of flooding. The destructive effects of flooding are also likely to intensify. European Union recognized the need for coordinated action regarding water resources management, and implemented two pieces of legal work: Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the Community action in the field of water policy or, in short, the EU Water Framework Directive and Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment and management of flood risks”, commonly known as the Flood Directive