10 steps to sustainable water
Water is our most precious natural resource. It is vital to people’s health and happiness, vital for the environment and our wildlife, and vital to our economy. But this most precious asset is in crisis. That is why in 2006, we, a coalition of leading environmental organisations, launched the Blueprint for Water, setting out 10 steps to sustainable water.
The Blueprint coalition’s 9,000 staff, 6 million members and 128,000 volunteers are ready to play their part in helping deliver a vibrant water environment full of wildlife. However, there also remain fundamental barriers to sustainable water management that only Government can address.
In May 2010, during the International Year of Biodiversity, the Prime Minister, David Cameron MP committed to leading the ‘greenest government ever’. At that time our rivers, lakes and ponds remained our most threatened habitats; targets for restoration and creation of wetlands were unmet; and River Basin Management Plans promised just 5% improvement by 2015. We therefore launched our 2010 Blueprint for Water to look again at the actions needed to achieve sustainable water.
In order to assess progress that has been made since 2010, the Blueprint coalition published its Scorecard in November 2012, rating achievement against the 2010 Blueprint for Water.
The 2014 review of water pricing is also a key concern for the Blueprint coalition’s members, and we have therefore published the Blueprint for PR14, outlining how we think the price review process can deliver sustainable water today and into the future.