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Implementing Multi-level Governance?: The Legal Basis and Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive for Forestry in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2012 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, Vol. 22, no 2, 90-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The European Commission Water Framework Directive (WFD) aims to achieve good status for all waters by 2015. This study reviews implementation mechanisms with regard to forestry in Sweden, a country with a large proportion of forest land, where forest practices will be important for limiting nutrient and particle runoff that impact the water status. Taking a multi-level governance perspective, this study reviews the legislative requirements at the EU level, legal and policy implementation at the Swedish level and, finally, local implementation in the forest industry. The study illustrates the national specific interpretation of the WFD as well as the way in which existing practices and measures influence WFD implementation. These include for example the Swedish practice to integrate environmental values in forestry via considerations, supported also by the use of forest certification measures (a voluntary private sector initiative through which environmental consideration is controlled by third-party auditors). The study thereby exemplifies the large role of private and overlapping authorities and jurisdictions in Swedish forest-water governance. Copyright (c) 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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Malden: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. Vol. 22, no 2, 90-103 p.
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multi-level governance, EU Water Framework Directive, forestry, Sweden, implementation, path dependency
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54132DOI: 10.1002/eet.1574ISI: 000301852000002OAI: diva2:517342
Available from: 2012-04-23 Created: 2012-04-17 Last updated: 2012-04-23Bibliographically approved

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