The universal objective of the national water management policy is to create conditions for sustainable management of the finite water resources in the Czech Republic. This implies that all forms of water resource use should be in compliance with water and aquatic ecosystem protection requirements while applying measures to reduce the harmful effects of water. The key principles of the water management policy are derived from the EU Water Framework Directive, other water management directives and the renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy.

The Water Protection Department of the Ministry of the Environment is the central water management authority in particular with respect to the following issues:

  • conservation of quantity and quality of surface water and groundwater,
  • flood prevention,
  • water planning at the national and international levels, including programmes of measures,
  • international co-operation in water protection,
  • economic, financial and administrative instruments in water protection,
  • drafting of legislation and standards in water protection.