China plans to spend approximately 58 billion euro (430 billion yuan) on the improvement of its water supplies. According to Reuters the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a notice on its website that the central government had already allocated funds of 13 billion yuan for 2016, which will be used mainly to improve urban drinking water and prevent pollution in China's major rivers
Identifying and banning potentially harmful hormone disruptors is taking too long. At the end of 2015 the Genaral Court of the European Union ruled the European Commission (EC) breached EU law by failing to publish a definition for hormone-affecting chemicals. The European has to act quick and identify criteria for hormone disruptors in 2016.
The Segura River of Spain has won the European Riverprize 2016 of the International River Foundation (IRF). President of the Segura River Basin Authority, Miguel-Angel Rodenas, received the prize on Thursday 3 March in Brisbane in Australia. The prize is a recognition of the extraordinary return to health of the river following extensive restoration efforts over the past thirty years.