6 water agencies

A SHARED MISSION IN FAVOUR OF WATER, BIODIVERSITY, AND THE COASTLINE

ONE AMBITION : GOOD WATER QUALITY
The water agencies are State bodies established by the 1964 Law on Water. They carry out a mission in the general interest, consisting in managing and preserving water resources and aquatic environments.

Under the aegis of the Ministry for Ecological Transition, the water agencies collect fees from all water users according to the “polluter pays” and “user pays” principles. Each euro collected is reinvested in the form of aid to local authorities, economic and agricultural players to finance action to restore water quality.

The water agencies

  • Key players in the implementation of public water policies at national
    and European levels
  • Know-how in local support for communities and economic and non-economic players,
  • An integrated management model of the water resource for river basins that are shared internationally,
  • Expertise in water issues In local territories,
  • A financial incentive approach, a driver for transition
    focusing on the environment and solidarity,
  • An economic system. Fees received to finance water and biodiversity projects through action systems that are easy to implement:
    – subsidies,
    – repayable advances.
  • Financial assistance and calls for projects to:
    – finance high-priority local projects,
    – align environmental concernsand local development,
    – encourage actions that promote resilience of local territories to climate change,
    – promote innovation.

TOGETHER, LET’S TAKE UP THE CHALLENGES OF WATER !

6 agencies working with local territories

Their mission is to help local authorities, industrialists, farmers, fishing and nature protection associations finance, support and develop all their projects and initiatives aimed at preserving water resources and biodiversity in each river basin in the context of a changing climate.
–> over 1,600 experienced, committed staff all over the country

4 major priorities
– Manage and share water resources
– Restore aquatic  environments, their natural operation and biodiversity
– Guarantee the quality of water by reducing pollution from all sources and in rainy weather
– Act to preserve and restore the quality and natural habitats of coastal waters

A major challenge : adapting to climate change 
In order to anticipate the consequences of climate change, the agencies have adopted an adaptation plan and are already devoting more than 40% of their aid to this from 2019 to 2024.