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Big Jump : due to the success sooner than expected !
Due to It big success in 2005 and to the growing
request for a next edition, ERN almost had to organise Big Jumps
events sooner than planned originally. We are now able to announce
you that the next Big Jump, XL version, will take place in
2007 at 15 july, 3 pm (European Time) !
And to help you wait until there, we plan regional and local
events in July 2006. A whole week, from 8. to 16. July 2006,
will be devoted to our rivers and lakes, with differents kinds
of events. The final collective Jump is planned the 16. July
at 15 pm ! The countries of the Benelux are already preparing
their actions : follow their example and create your own river
special celebration ! If you already have ideas, don't hesitate
and contact us !
: 01.03.06 : Prochain Big Jump : à cause de son succès,
plus tôt que prévu !
En raison de son grand succès en 2005 et d'une demande
toujours croissante pour un nouvel évènement,
ERN se devait d'organiser des manifestations Big Jump plus tôt
que prévu par le projet initial. Nous sommes maintenant
en mesure de vous annoncer que le prochain Big Jump, version
XL, aura lieu en 2007, le 15 Juillet à 15 h!
Pour vous aider à patienter jusque là, nous prévoyons
des évènements régionaux et locaux en juillet
2006, du 8 au 16 juillet 2006. Le saut est programmé
pour le 16 juillet 2006 à 15 h ! Les pays du Bénélux
préparent déjà leurs actions : suivez leur
exemple et créez la fête de votre propre rivière
! Vous débordez d'idées pour 2006 ou 2007 ? N'hésitez
pas et contactez nous !
: Nächster Big Jump wird wegen seines Erfolges auf 2007
Aufgrund seines grossen Erfolg und einer starken Nachfrage hat
ERN entschieden, dass der nächste Big Jump Version XL am
15. Juli 2007 um 15 Uhr stattfinden wird !
Einige regionale und lokale Ereignisse finden aber im Sinne
einer Promotion vom 8. Juli bis 16.Juli statt. ! Insbesondere
in den Benelux Ländern ist einiges geplant. Fall sie fuer
2006 oder 2007 mitmachen wollen, so
sie es uns wissen.
- 12.11.04 : UK: Bathing
waters pass European standards despite summer of run-off (published
Despite the bad weather conditions of the
summer and reports of excessive polluting run-off pouring
into rivers and coastal waters, 99% of bathing waters in England
and Wales are clean enough to meet European standards, Defra
announced this week.
Out of a total of 413 coastal and freshwater
bathing areas, 406 passed the EC Bathing Water Directive's
main mandatory water quality standards.
The excessively heavy rain in August
and September threatened the quality of the bathing waters
through high levels of pollutants being washed from the land
and from storm sewage overflows into rivers and, ultimately,
into the sea.
Campaign groups such as Surfers against
Sewage highlighted the dangers of diseases such as impetigo
(see related story) from raw sewage which had run-off onto
beaches, while others called for a flag warning system to
be introduced across the UK to alert people as to when the
beaches were too polluted to use. Virtually all of these incidents
occurred after heavy rain overloaded the, often ancient, local
sewage and storm-water systems.
Environment Minister Elliot Morley said
that last summer could have seen a high number of pollution
incidents rather than the handful which actually occurred,
and that the decade long investment in water infrastructure
has made the country less vulnerable to pollution from wet
"However, the wet weather did remind
us of the challenge we face in tackling agricultural and urban
sources of diffuse pollution. Pollutants flushing through
our river catchments after heavy rain during August ultimately
led to the failure of six of our seven non-compliant bathing
waters in 2004. Dealing with diffuse water pollution is one
of our top priorities and we are currently working with stakeholders
to promote action and develop measures that best address the
problem," Mr Morley said.
The EU operates a two-tier system of water
cleanliness: "mandatory", and the stricter "guideline"
standard. More than 80% of bathing waters in England and Wales
now meet the stricter guideline standard. When monitoring
began 14 years ago, only about 30% of bathing water met the
Andrew Skinner, Director of Environmental
Protection at the Environment Agency said that, although much
has been achieved, there was still a lot to be done.
"Water companies need to deliver the
programme of improvements to sewage discharges affecting bathing
waters recently approved by Ministers. We also need to work
closely with land managers and farmers to tackle diffuse pollution.
Improved land and soil management techniques together with
better drainage systems could have a real positive impact,"
Defra said that ongoing investment totalling
£600 million in England and Wales has been committed
up to 2005 and is aimed at achieving further improvements
in bathing water quality, largely to meet the more stringent
"guideline" standards of the Directive. It is targeted
at over 100 sewage treatment works and several hundred storm
Further investment is planned beyond 2005,
which will address the few remaining sewage discharges that
compromise compliance with the Bathing Water Directive's mandatory
water quality standards.
By David Hopkins
Source: edie newsroom
01.11.04 : Drei Big Jump
Workshops sind im November / Dezember für den Westen
Deutschlands geplant :
Karlsruhe : 1.12.04, Umweltamt der Stadt , 09 h 30
- 15 h 30 h,
Am 30.11.04 18h findet ein Vorbereitungstreffen der Rheinnetzpartner
statt (InterReg Programm)
Lübeck : 02.12.04 , 09h 30 , Kronsforderallee
2 - 6, 23560 Lübeck , Im Rittersaal in der alten
Bonn : 3.12.04 (Zeit und Ort demnächst
an dieser Stelle)
Die Workshops richten sich an alle potentiell am Big Jump
interessierten Organisationen (Gemeinden, Städte, Behörden,
Vereine und Verbände...) aber auch Einzelpersonen. Keine
Einschreibbgebühren. Reisekosten und
Essen gehen zu ihren Lasten. Tagungssprache: Deutsch
Workshop Leitung: Roberto Epple
Organisator: ERN (European Rivers Network)
Infos und Anmeldung:
elena.tatoli at rivernet.org (ERN Office Bonn)
+49 (0)201 176 88 57
: EEB (European Environmental Bureau) call for supporting and
participating in Big Jump
Getting tired of official WFD documents?
Having trouble with translating the WFD to the public?
Having difficulties staying positive and enthusiastic about
Dont fear, help is on its way.
The BIG JUMP:An inspiring project with a clear and powerful
link to "Making the WFD work". It captures the essence
of the WFD into one single act: at one date, at one time, people
will jump into rivers all over Europe.In a nutshell, BIG JUMP
is a European river swimming day, where people reclaim their
environment and demonstrate their wish to have clean and living
rivers again.The WFD is the legislative tool in a European effort
to achieve good status for all rivers and lakes in Europe. But
a legislative tool alone is not enough to reach this goal. It
is essential to gain peoples support for it. If the WFD
does not have a broad public support all over Europe, it might
never work !
BIG JUMP is an ideal opportunity to get the public involved,
to get the public behind the WFD. BIG JUMP is more than a daydream.
Two years ago, a similar project has been held for the Elbe
river. The project gathered over 100.000 people on 55 swimming
spots that had been identified, controlled and temporarily opened
to the public.
The idea for BIG JUMP comes from the European Rivers Network
(ERN), which has taken on the role of general co-ordinator for
this event.In line with WFD-planning, ERN wants to have a BIG
JUMP in 2005, 2010 and 2015, to celebrate achievements and encourage
citizens and authorities.
The first BIG JUMP has been planned for 2005, on the 17th of
July at 14:00h. But there is more to BIG JUMP than just jumping
in rivers. The idea is to have many side-events including water
quality monitoring campaigns, educational programmes, thematic
exhibitions, etc.ERN is asking NGOs to support and participate
in the BIG JUMP to make it a success.
The EEB is supporting the BIG JUMP and plans actions to spread
the idea in and find support from the European Institutions.For
you the question whether you also want to support this wonderful
project and become a regional co-ordinator in your country:
Already, there are more than 20 regional co-ordinators all over
Europe.For all contact-info and more information about BIG JUMP,
visit the website at http://www.rivernet.org/bigjump or www.bigjump.org
Please inform also the EEB if you are joining the BIG JUMP.Your
EEB water team,
Karel and Stefan
BIG JUMP is a project by
Rivers Network (ERN)