Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
An indicator-based analysis of the river basin districts established under the EU water framework directive
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.
Miljöinformationsenheten, Stockholm, Sweden .
2006 (English)In: European Water Management Online, ISSN 1461-6971, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study gives a first indicator-based assessment of the differences and similarities between the River Basin Districts (RBDs) established under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The RBDs are intended to be the management units for water resources within the EU. Yet, limited harmonized or easily comparable data currently exists for this new administrative level. While there are coordinated efforts to develop a Water Information System for Europe (WISE), there is still a need for making initial and complementary assessments of the RBDs, using a set of identical indicators for all RBDs. The analysis was performed with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and publicly available spatial databases, environmental monitoring databases and other statistics. A major goal of the study was to rank the RBDs according to the pressure on and status of their water resources. The results show a clear north-south dichotomy and that the most serious water situations occur in Western Europe, although a few regional variations appear for some indicators. The current assessment was limited in terms of the information available and more comprehensive assessments of the RBDs for comparison and policy-making purposes are needed

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
Freshwater resources, Index, Pressure indicators, River basin districts, Status indicators, Water framework directive
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6414Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33845309658OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6414DiVA: diva2:11117
Note

QC 20100914

Available from: 2006-11-22 Created: 2006-11-22 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved
In thesis
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
Opponent
Supervisors
Note
QC 20100914Available from: 2006-11-22 Created: 2006-11-22 Last updated: 2010-09-14Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

ScopusPublished version

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Furberg, DorothyNilsson, SusannaLangaas, Sindre
By organisation
Environmental Management and Assessment
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 85 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf