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International River Basin Districts under the EU water framework directive: Identification and planned cooperation
KTH, Superseded Departments, Land and Water Resources Engineering.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Land and Water Resources Engineering.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Land and Water Resources Engineering.
2004 (English)In: European Water Management Online, ISSN 1461-6971, 1-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

IIn this article the number and geographical extent of prospective international River Basin Districts (RBDs), identified according to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), are determined, and the plans and ambitions for international cooperation examined. Further, for illustrating varying approaches in the identification of and cooperation on international RBDs two examples from the prospective RBDs of Estonia and the Danube River basin are given. The study showed that 30% of the prospective RBDs are international. Area wise, the international RBDs constitute 66% of the total area of prospective RBDs. It is, thus, quite clear that the number and area of prospective international RBDs identified under the WFD are significant. Based on this notion, we argue that the "soft" requirements in the WFD concerning international RBDs may undermine the directive's ambition of management according to river basins. The two examples from Estonia and Danube River also showed that the WFD allows for quite different interpretations in the identification and planning of RBDs.

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2004. 1-19 p.
Keyword [en]
Danube River, Estonia, EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), International River Basin District (RBD), River Basin Management Plan (RBMP)
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6412Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-9644289461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6412DiVA: diva2:11115
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QC 20100914

Available from: 2006-11-22 Created: 2006-11-22 Last updated: 2014-03-31Bibliographically approved
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1. Managing water according to river basins: Information management, institutional arrangements and strategic policy support - with focus on the EU Water Framework Directive
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing water according to river basins: Information management, institutional arrangements and strategic policy support - with focus on the EU Water Framework Directive
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Today, there is a general notion that water resources are best managed according to their river basins. River basin management may be approached from a wide variety of angles. This thesis focuses on information management, institutional arrangements and strategic policy support, with special reference to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The overall objective is to examine strategies, possibilities and hindrances for river basin management, with the ultimate goal of identifying key aspects to be considered - and prioritised - for “successful” European water management and WFD implementation. An assessment of the information management of three transboundary water regimes in Europe showed that a technical/scientific paradigm ap-pears to dominate in river basin accords. This is visible, for example, in the data collection, which is dominated by state and environmental impact information, and the use of passive channels for communicating with stakeholders and other interest groups. The studies addressing institutional arrangements for river basin management according to the WFD showed that the implementa-tion level of the directive is relatively low – both at national and international levels. For instance, competent authorities have not been established (strictly) according to the borders of the estab-lished River Basin District (RBDs). Further, in international RBDs, the ambitions and plans for cooperation vary considerably. Despite the general low implementation level, steps have still been taken in the “direction” of river basin management. At the national level, all examined countries have established RBDs according to river basins, and at the international level, joint river basin management plans will probably be coordinated for a majority of river basins shared by EU Member States. However, the same pattern could not be discerned for river basins extending outside the borders of the EU. In order to support strategic policy making on issues related to the implementation of the WFD, two assessments were made, one addressing international co-operation and water quality in the Baltic Sea Region, and one encompassing rankings of all the newly established RBDs based on a number of identical indicators. Although there is a need to refine these assessments, they may be regarded as simple – but yet robust – models for bench-marking.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. x, 48 p.
Series
Trita-LWR. PHD, ISSN 1650-8602 ; 1030
Keyword
River basin management; EU Water Framework Directive (WFD); River Basin Dis-tricts (RBDs); International cooperation; Indicators; Baltic Sea Region (BSR)
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4183 (URN)91-7178-506-X (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-12-05, F3, Sing-Sing, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00
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