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Modelling the impacts of the European Water Framework Directive: implementing the ecosystem services approach

A Relu Policy and Practice Note (No. 28) that summarises a research project implementing the ecosystem services approach through integrated modelling of the likely impacts of the European Water Framework Directive upon agricultural land use, water quality and farm incomes.

Year of Publication2011

The natural environment and the ecosystem services it provides are vital for human wellbeing. Everything we do, and particularly how we use the land, affects the natural environment. Thus, government policies, which tend to drive land use, will affect the environment and its ecosystem services. How, in deciding on the use of land, can we get best value? To do so, we need to be able to put a value on all the services that the environment provides.

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integrated modellingeuropean water framework directiveecosystem services
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Harnessing the social and natural sciences for sustainable rural development

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