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Governance of Water Resources in the Phase of Change: A Case Study of the Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Management and Assessment.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Management and Assessment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1640-8946
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2011 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 40, no 2, 210-220 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, focusing on the ongoing implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, we analyze some of the opportunities and challenges for a sustainable governance of water resources from an ecosystem management perspective. In the face of uncertainty and change, the ecosystem approach as a holistic and integrated management framework is increasingly recognized. The ongoing implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) could be viewed as a reorganization phase in the process of change in institutional arrangements and ecosystems. In this case study from the Northern Baltic Sea River Basin District, Sweden, we focus in particular on data and information management from a multi-level governance perspective from the local stakeholder to the River Basin level. We apply a document analysis, hydrological mapping, and GIS models to analyze some of the institutional framework created for the implementation of the WFD. The study underlines the importance of institutional arrangements that can handle variability of local situations and trade-offs between solutions and priorities on different hierarchical levels.

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2011. Vol. 40, no 2, 210-220 p.
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Ecosystem management, GIS, Hydrological mapping, Information management, Stakeholder participation
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Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-31024DOI: 10.1007/s13280-010-0132-2ISI: 000286933300011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79951759819OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-31024DiVA: diva2:402760
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Available from: 2011-03-09 Created: 2011-03-07 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Information, systems and water management: Information systems which support water management - cases from rural water supply in Uganda and WFD implementation in the North Baltic River Basin District, Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Information, systems and water management: Information systems which support water management - cases from rural water supply in Uganda and WFD implementation in the North Baltic River Basin District, Sweden
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Successfulwater management implies tackling multi-level governance and improvingintegration between sectors. Sound information and related processes will berequired to support water management decision-making at these various levels.Additionally, considering Principle 10 of the UN’s Agenda 21, actors shouldhave access to information to enable their involvement in shaping watermanagement outcomes. This thesis draws on the results of two separate caseswhere information systems support action: (i) rural water supply in Uganda;and, (ii) water management according to the Water Framework Directive in Sweden.A research approach was formed based on: (a) a model conceptualising how informationsystems support organisational processes which lead to action; and, (b) asystems-thinking methodology. The results reveal that there are numerous,similar challenges to achieving information support for action in both theUgandan and Swedish cases. In both cases, information quantity and quality islimited; consequentially, the use of information to support action is inhibited.Furthermore, not all actors are involved in information system processes; in particular,local-level actors. Overall, there is limited support of strategic decision-makingand weak support of operational, or local, decision-making. The results suggestthat it might be possible to tailor strategic-level information processes tolocal needs, hopefully encouraging active involvement of local actors. Improvedinvolvement, together with a suitable systems approach, could be used to furtherdevelop information systems, improving integration between multiple levels ofgovernance and across sectors – suiting not just the needs ofstrategic decision-making but also the needs of operational, or local,decision-making.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. x, 27 p.
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Trita-LWR. PHD, ISSN 1650-8602 ; 1067
Keyword
information support, actors, water management, organisational action, Soft Systems Methodology
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Environmental Management
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-100885 (URN)978-91-7501-459-3 (ISBN)
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2012-09-11, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20120822Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-21 Last updated: 2012-08-22Bibliographically approved

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