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The Water Framework Directive: A Directive for the Twenty-First Century?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2011 (English)In: Journal of environmental law, ISSN 0952-8873, E-ISSN 1464-374X, Vol. 23, no 3, 463-486 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the Water Framework Directive and the legal norm of ‘good ecological status’, which refers to the structure and function of ecosystems. In terms of ecology, the concepts of good structure and function reflect a resilient ecosystem with a high level of adaptive capacity. However, the legal provisions of the Directive compromise this concept. The Directive's approach assumes that by quantifying certain fixed biological elements it is possible to accurately assess the structure and function of ecosystems. This approach is highly contestable, and undermines the possibility of attaining the objective of ‘good ecological status’. To improve the possibility of achieving ‘good ecological status’, we emphasise the need to first redefine ‘high ecological status’ as a state wherein the ecosystems maintain themselves independently of management; secondly, that the hydrological regime be addressed when assessing the bodies of water; and, thirdly, that traits, rather than the current ‘quality elements’ be used as variables.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Vol. 23, no 3, 463-486 p.
Keyword [en]
EU Water Framework Directive, biological classification systems, biological quality elements, ecosystem services, traits, ecosystem management
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-158074DOI: 10.1093/jel/eqr018ISI: 000296744000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-158074DiVA: diva2:437543
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Legal Conditions for a Sustainable Water Management
Available from: 2011-08-29 Created: 2011-08-29 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Good Ecological Status: Advancing the Ecology of Law
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Good Ecological Status: Advancing the Ecology of Law
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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. 115 p.
Keyword
EU Water Framework Directive, Environmental Regulations.
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Law
Research subject
Environmental Law
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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 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2015-04-20 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2015-07-23Bibliographically approved

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