Municipal officers on implementing the EU Water Framework Directive in Sweden regarding agricultural nutrient flows
2004 (English)In: Local Environment, ISSN 1354-9839 (print) 1469-6711 (online), Vol. 9, no 1, 65-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The article analyses the perceptions at municipal level of potentials and problems in implementing integrated catchment management of water resources as proposed in the EU Water Framework Directive, expressed in views on how to reduce nutrient leakage from agricultural production. Heads of environmental authorities, spatial planners and environmental officers are among the professionals that will be key actors when implementing the WFD at the local level. Using a process of active focus group interviews, officials from municipal environmental offices studied, reflected upon and discussed the suggested plan concerning their part of implementing WFD. The municipal officers stressed certain conditions that have to be met to implement WFD in a sustainable manner. The most important conditions are clear environmental goals and management plans with support in legislation, which would put the necessary pressure upon local politicians to prioritize the WFD and take action. The respondents perceived the WFD would offer a changed approach in work routines with farmers towards partnerships for sustainable water resource management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 9, no 1, 65-79 p.
EU Water Framework Directive, focus groups, nitrogen leaching, sustainable water resource management
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13439DOI: 10.1080/1354983042000176601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13439DiVA: diva2:20727