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Achieving Ecological Objectives
Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Juridiska fakulteten, Juridiska institutionen. (Miljörätt)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-0548-9007
2012 (engelsk)Inngår i: Laws, ISSN 2075-471X, Vol. 1, nr 1, s. 39-63Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

The legal objective for surface water in the EU is ‘good ecological status’, as established by the Water Framework Directive, with a timeframe of 15, 21 or 27 years. To reach this objective, suitable legal instruments are needed, and quality standards are among the instruments intended to improve the ecological status. However, both the Directive and quality standards are founded on reductionism, risking an over-application of over-simplified concepts, probably reducing biological diversity. A realistic and more appropriate timeframe for river basin rehabilitation would be around 100 years, emphasizing several concerns, such as the importance of encompassing the entire life history of species, the shift in human perceptions, the systemic unity of humans and ecosystems, environmental irreducibility, site-specific reference points, and the divergence of the assessment of water quality and the general ecological status of a river basin. From a legal standpoint, a century emphasizes a temporal agreement and a normative commitment to the generations to come. Ecologically, a century time-scale gives enough time for the processes of evolution, dispersal and recolonization and succession to re-establish stable, more diverse biological communities in physically rehabilitated habitats and river basins, whereas the present timetable for achievement of the ecological objectives does not.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Basel: M D P I AG , 2012. Vol. 1, nr 1, s. 39-63
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EU water framework directive, ecological objectives, ecological quality standards, environmental quality standards, ecological standards, reductionism, holism, ecosystem management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246556DOI: 10.3390/laws1010039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-246556DiVA, id: diva2:793852
Tilgjengelig fra: 2015-03-09 Laget: 2015-03-09 Sist oppdatert: 2019-01-14bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Good Ecological Status: Advancing the Ecology of Law
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2015 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

For a meaningful discussion of the effectiveness of ecological objectives and ecological quality standards, their terms and purposes must be examined and clarified. This study explores the terms and content of ecological quality objectives and ecological quality standards, based on the Water Framework Directive’s legal conceptualization of ‘ecological status’. This exploration is accomplished by analysing and describing the Water Framework Directive’s ‘ecological status’ aspect from a legal-ecological perspective. The analysis of ‘ecological status’ and its main constructs forms the basis for a possible alternative form of regulation, which addresses the shortcomings identified in the analysis.

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Uppsala: Uppsala University, Department of Law, 2015. s. 115
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EU Water Framework Directive, Environmental Regulations.
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246561 (URN)978-91-506-2450-2 (ISBN)
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2015-05-13, Sal IV Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 10:15 (svensk)
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