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De nationella miljölkvalitetsmålen - miljökontorens uppföljnings- och utvärderingsarbete
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 1999 the Swedish parliament introduced 16 environmental quality objectives. Theobjectives have been given a high status and these should be fulfilled within one generation.This report focuses on the evaluation and follow-up of these objectives at the environmentaloffices at a municipal level. The aims of the report were to identify how the offices areworking with the evaluation and follow-up of these objectives, differences between themunicipalities in respect to size, geographical location, eco municipalities and crucial issuesfor successful results. The study is based on a questionnaire sent out in 2006 and a lessextensive follow-up in 2008. 79 of 96 municipalities answered the questionnaire. The resultsshow that there is substantial variation among the offices. One third of the municipalities haveenvironmental quality objectives. The larger municipalities are the ones that lie in thefrontline probably due to more resources. It´s hard to see some difference between differentgeographically located municipalities, nevertheless there is an indication that Götaland havegone further than others so far. No difference between eco municipalities and others could beseen. Lack of time and resources as well as measurable indicators is the main identifiedproblems. Key factors for successful work with the objectives are measurable goals, clearroutines, time, recourses, that the objectives are admitted in the highest authority in themunicipality, cooperation within the municipality as well as cooperation with other such ascompanies, universities, organizations etc. To summarize; the work is ongoing, although at aslow pace, and there is still a great potential for development to achieve successful evaluationand follow-up of the environmental quality objectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
environmental quality objectives, evaluation, municipality, environmental office
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31203OAI: diva2:291797

Available from: 2010-02-03 Created: 2010-02-03 Last updated: 2010-02-03Bibliographically approved

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