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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. Germany is approaching a tipping point of its freshwater resources, the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) draws attention to this. After another summer of drought, the BUND is calling for the national water strategy announced by the federal government: The coming year must bring about a turning point. With its cover topic on water scarcity, the current BUND magazine shows the challenges that the water balance and bodies of water in Germany have to contend with. “In Germany, we have long believed that we have enough water. But the framework conditions have deteriorated dramatically, ”says Matthias Meißner, head of the biodiversity department at BUND. “In large parts of Germany, a quarter less water is available today than in the 1980s, and in many places our landscapes are in danger of drying out.” The national water strategy planned by the federal government for 2021 is crucial to protect the river landscapes and prepare Germany for foreseeable dry periods. From the BUND’s point of view, it is essential to prepare plans for ecologically and socially compatible water use, but in addition to the amount of water available, the condition of the water bodies also deserves attention. “Our waters are dammed, deepened, straightened and still used as sewers. Soils are drained for agriculture, the water table sinks and the global warming does the rest, ”says Meißner. “All of this puts our streams, rivers and lakes in a bad ecological condition and their biodiversity suffers. If we do not fundamentally change this immediately, we will lose unique freshwater habitats and the species that live there irretrievably and forever. ” Although lakes, rivers and streams contain less than one ten thousandth of the global volume of water, twelve percent of the species known to us live in them. Not only fish are affected by water scarcity and poor water quality, but also mussels, amphibian or insect larvae and all other animals in the food chain, from otters to dippers to black storks. It is important to preserve this incredible density of species. BUND-Magazin picks up examples from the Isar, Elbe and Werra, but also from Berlin and Rhineland-Palatinate, where BUND activists are committed to water protection on site. If the framework conditions do not change, however, saving our waters becomes a Sisyphus task . “Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has rightly announced a national water strategy for the coming year. But in 2021 it will also be checked which maintenance of locks and port facilities will be financed by the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan ”, said Meißner. “Many of these structures intervene directly in the structure of the rivers – and are thus contrary to the goals and guidelines of national and European nature conservation. The Ministry of Transport must no longer destroy valuable river nature. ”In view of the drought of recent years, future water use must be subject to the impending climate crisis, Meißner emphasizes:“ We still have enough water reserves, but that is likely to change. We will have to check exactly what amounts of water are available where and how much we can extract without permanently damaging the ecosystems. This also means that massive water savings have to be made in some regions. Ultimately, we have to ask ourselves: Which forms of economic activity are still up-to-date and sustainable under these conditions? ”More informationTo the overview


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