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A Methodology for the Evaluation of Water Policies in European Countries

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De Stefano, Lucia and Pedraza Gilsanz, Javier de and Villarroya, Fermín (2010) A Methodology for the Evaluation of Water Policies in European Countries. Environmental Management, 45 (6). pp. 1363-1377. ISSN ISSN: 0364-152X (Print) ; 1432-1009 (Online)

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00267-010-9492-4





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Periodic assessment of progress toward established policy goals is crucial to understanding whether the applied efforts are effective. In Europe, the Water Framework Directive (WFD) adopted in year 2000 set ambitious environmental objectives to be achieved by the end of 2015 through the implementation of Integrated Water Resources anagement (IWRM) principles. While at this stage it is premature to measure the impact of this Directive in terms f environmental outcomes, it is nonetheless important to develop indicators in order to monitor whether water management practices throughout Europe are aligning towards IWRM. This article presents the methodological development of the Water and Wetland Index, a comparative water policy assessment by environmental NGOs that was carried out in 2002–2003, and highlights the interest of repeating it in 2015, when the first WFD planning cycle will be completed.

Item Type:Article
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):Water Framework Directive, Evaluation, Assessment, Benchmarking, Indicator, Stakeholder
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Hidrology
ID Code:46247
Deposited On:01 Feb 2018 10:24
Last Modified:18 Oct 2018 11:26

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