We, the undersigned scientists, stand for the preservation of the EU clean water law, the Water Framework Directive.

We are academics who are concerned about the state of Europe’s freshwater ecosystems and the biodiversity they house. 60% of surface waters in the EU are currently not in good status and freshwater species are also amongst the most threatened in Europe.

The aim of this group is to capture the concerns of many scientists based in Europe. We urge EU Member States and this new European Commission to preserve the Water Framework Directive in its current form, as the key to ensuring that freshwater ecosystems and all the ecosystems they feed are healthy and resilient for nature and people.

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