Critical legal analysis of the national implementation of the Water Framework and Groundwater Directives: Lessons from the GENESIS project

Andrew Allan, Sarah Hendry, Konstantinos Tsagarakis

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Abstract

The GENESIS project aims to assist with the selection of sustainable cost-efficient measures and management strategies for the achievement of good quantitative and chemical groundwater status in an uncertain environment. This paper addresses the legal and institutional contexts for the implementation of the water framework and groundwater directives. Through detailed analyses of legislation, institutional frameworks, case law, policy and financial incentives, the project examined three regions in detail, identifying gaps in existing implementation efforts. It makes preliminary recommendations on scientific practice that might enhance implementation. Based on these detailed analyses, and broader examinations across other member states, a number of conclusions were reached:
o Management of diffuse pollution is generally problematic;

o ecological quality standards are integrated inconsistently;

o monitoring capacity and legal requirements sometimes diverge.

o Mismatches exist between stakeholder preferences and legal requirements regarding ecological protection;

o Conflicts of interest may affect implementation, e.g. through financial incentivisation and subsidy programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance, Marbella, 24-26 April 2013
PublisherIWA Publishing
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2013
Event3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance - Marbella, Spain
Duration: 24 Apr 201326 Apr 2013

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance
CountrySpain
CityMarbella
Period24/04/1326/04/13

Keywords

  • EU
  • Groundwater
  • implementation
  • law

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