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Ireland ranks among 15% of world’s inland surface water areas covered by protected areas, 1st global assessment

At least 15% of the world’s inland surface water areas are covered by protected areas, according to a new study from the JRC.  This is close to the global target of 17% set out in Aichi Target 11 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity However, surface water protection is very unevenly distributed globally, still falling well below 17% in over ...
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Report shows EU’s lakes, rivers, & waters fail to meet minimum environmental water quality standards

EU Member States have made marked efforts to improve water quality, by improving wastewater treatment and lowering the runoff of pollutants from farmland, according to the EEA report European waters — assessment of status and pressures 2018. Measures have also been taken to make barriers passable to migrating fish and restore degraded aquatic ecosystems. While Europe’s ground water bodies, like...
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