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Study finds Inadequate Data on Water Framework Directive

Sep 6th, 2016 |

According to a new article published in the Ecology and Society journal, when it comes to understanding how European member states are performing in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), significant gaps remain in terms of the research performed to date. An assessment of scientific studies published show that there is data disparity specifically when it comes to Eastern European and Mediterranean river basins. Furthermore, existing studies focus primarily on national topics and have done little to compare groups of countries to assess cross-cutting challenges and solutions between member states.

Interesting also, is that regulatory tools such as cost-benefit analysis or the politics of exemptions from WFD implementation have largely been neglected in this body of research-pointing to other research needs. Conversely, the largest body of data thus far centers around the topic of public participation, inspired by a new found involvement of non-state actors in water management required by the WFD.

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