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Probabilistic Evaluation of Ecological and Economic Objectives of River Basin Management Reveals a Potential Flaw in the Goal Setting of the EU Water Framework Directive

10 May 2017, Water, SYKE

The biological status of European lakes has not improved as expected despite up-to-date legislation and ecological standards. As a result, the realism of objectives and the attainment of related ecological standards are under doubt.

New study presents a probabilistic assessment of the ecological and economic impacts of environmental and societal drivers and planned management measures for a eutrophic Finnish lake. It showed that attainment of good ecological status as qualified in the Water Framework Directive of the European Union is unlikely. Consequently, management objectives and ecological and economic standards have to be reassessed and reset to provide a realistic goal setting for management.

"Probabilistic Evaluation of Ecological and Economic Objectives of River Basin Management Reveals a Potential Flaw in the Goal Setting of the EU Water Framework Directive" by Hjerppe, T., Taskinen, A., Kotamäki, N. et al. was published in the Environmental Management journal.

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