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1280: Impacts of the European Water Framework Directive

This paper is taken from the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU) Policy and Practice Note No. 28 ‘Modelling the impacts of the European Water Framework Directive: implementing the ecosystem services approach’

Year of Publication2011

Policies designed to change agricultural land use could achieve significant improvements in river water quality, but at the expense of farming incomes. Urban populations would benefit more than rural ones, and at the latter’s expense. The most efficient policy would be to target specific urban rivers in need of improvement, rather than pursuing the Water Framework Directive objective of improving all rivers in all areas to pristine standard. Faecal contamination cannot be adequately controlled through purely rural land use measures urban sewage disposal are is important.

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