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Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment of Aragon

Aragonese Water Institute of Aragon

A brief introduction

Aragon is one of the 17 Autonomous Communities in Spain with almost all competences in environm. issues: env. quality, climate change, forestry, sust. develop., water man., biodiversity and env. management. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment of the Government of the Region has the competence to approve environmental laws and execute them within in its territory.

Water Treatment and Water Quality Plans stand out as the main activities of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment of Aragon. The Special Water Treatment Plan is one of the most ambitious of all Europe, with an investment of 1,500 millions of euros, constitutes an extraordinary global action in wastewater treatment that has been used as a good practice example by the OECD. Moreover, Aragon has expertise on env. social awareness campaigns, which have been subject of interest of DG Communication at EU Commission, as well as on giving out env. training to social society and achieving social participation at regional env. policies.

The extreme water conditions in Aragon region as well as the particular geographical conditions make of Aragon an excellent partner for the exchange of experiences with other EU regions. 28% of the Aragonese territory suffers a high level of risk desertification and 50% suffers a medium risk. The hydrologic balance in Aragon is negative in a 92% of the territory as the 300 liters of annual rain water are mainly lost due to evaporation. All these circumstances make of Aragon an expert on water scarcity and drought management.
Thanks to this project Aragon will improve its policy on water and climate change issues management and will implement both technical and political improvements in the mentioned fields, The main aim is to improve social society quality of life as well as to allow people to enjoy a healthy environment with sufficient water and water of quality.

Institution (ES): Departamento de Agricultura, Ganadería y Medio Ambiente
Institution (EN): Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment of Aragon
Address: Plaza San Pedro Nolasco, 7
Postal code: 50071
Country: ES
NUTS Level 2: Aragón
NUTS Level 3: Zaragoza
Phone (office): +34 976105840
Fax: 34 976105841

Contact person: Miguel Ángel Muñoz


This project is cofinanced by the ERDF and made possible by the INTERREG IVC programme


The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.