16th Conference of Rhine Ministers in Amsterdam
The 16th Conference of Rhine Ministers will take place in Amsterdam on 13th February 2020. It is a follow-up on the Basel Conference in 2013. The conference will be chaired by the Dutch Environment Minister, Van Nieuwenhuizen. The environment ministers of the eight Rhine riparian states and the European Union have been invited. The European Union took over the presidency of the ICPR at the beginning of the year with Director Veronica Manfredi from the Directorate-General for the Environment.
In addition to assessing the “Rhine 2020” programme, which is now coming to an end, issues of climate change (flood/low water), the Rhine as a habitat (fish passability) and water quality (micropollutants) are on the agenda. The new “Rhine 2040” programme will be adopted, in which the expectations and objectives of future activities to protect this water system for the next 20 years are formulated. The IAWR has already closely followed this process in the run-up to the Conference of Rhine Ministers. The IAWR will represent the interests of the drinking water suppliers, especially with regard to water quality and a reduction of micropollutants.
Our RIWA-Rijn press release following the Conference of Rhine Ministers can be found here.