Slovenia is turning a “new leaf” in water resources management

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One of the priorities of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Slovenia is the protection of water resources and the supply of the population with healthy drinking water. In order to strengthen and protect the constitutional right to access quality drinking water, the Ministry has prepared an amendment to the Law on Waters, which was adopted by the National Assembly at the end of March, according to the Ministry’s website.

The amendment, on the one hand, provides greater protection of water resources and the coastal zone, and on the other hand, significantly increases the means for flood safety. With the entry into force of the amendment, the construction of factories and other industrial facilities, as well as private facilities, will be prevented on the coastal belt.

Under stricter water protection conditions, it will be possible to build only simple public facilities on coastal lands (for example, children’s and sports playgrounds, boat docks, etc.), but only where the spatial acts of the municipalities allow it.

With a number of protection measures provided by the amendments to the Law on Waters, construction on coastal land will not be allowed in case of higher flood risk, danger of deteriorating water quality or if it would be contrary to responsible and sustainable water management. It will also not be allowed for any newly built facility to restrict access to water in any way.

The decision on possible construction interventions in the coastal zone will be made under the auspices of experts from the Water Directorate. The government will no longer have the right to determine exceptions, and municipal initiatives will be entirely decided by the profession.

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Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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