During and prior to the Water and Mayors conference in Porto, 17 cities (Amsterdam, Bonn, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Genk, Leeuwarden, Lisbon, Mannheim, Murcia, Oslo, Panevėžys, Paris, Porto, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, Timisoara and Wrocław) signed the Porto declaration on water, committing to supporting the cooperation process between European cities and the European Commission towards the development of an Urban Water Agenda.
The declaration, still open for signatures by elected representative from local governments, can be found here.
While Mayor of Leeuwarden Crone Ferd called on the European Commission to support more city-to-city cooperation on water, and Mayor of Wrocław Rafał Dutkiewicz for more exchange of good practices between cities, Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital, in DG Environment in the European Commission, declared that the European Commission was ready to join forces with cities through the Urban Water Agenda 2030 (UWA2030).
In order to further develop this initiative, a public consultation on the draft strategy is open until 9 October, to gather input from the cities themselves and their needs in terms of sustainable water management. Don’t miss this opportunity to voice your expectations and help us shape this initiative, following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B2CNDTJ