International River Basin Districts under the EU water framework directive: Identification and planned cooperation
2004 (English)In: European Water Management Online, ISSN 1461-6971, 1-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. 1-19 p.
Danube River, Estonia, EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), International River Basin District (RBD), River Basin Management Plan (RBMP)
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6412ScopusID: 2-s2.0-9644289461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6412DiVA: diva2:11115
QC 201009142006-11-222006-11-222014-03-31Bibliographically approved