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Title (Primary) Evaluating water management processes in Germany: conceptual approach and practical applications
Author Kirschke, S.; Völker, J.; Richter, S.;
Journal Environmental Earth Sciences
Year 2016
Department ASAM;
Volume 75
Issue 14
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T32;
Keywords European Water Framework Directive; IWRM; Water governance; Implementation research; Complexity
UFZ wide themes RU2;
Abstract Management processes play an important role in helping to achieve the European Water Framework Directive (WFD)’s water quality goals. As a result, researchers have suggested numerous indicators to evaluate the relevant management processes, including indicators that are both generally applicable and highly context-specific. However, these indicators have not until now been summarized and systematized within one comprehensive framework. Consequently, researchers have experienced difficulties in evaluating the relative influence of different indicators on the WFD implementation process. This paper aims to contribute to combatting this problem by developing and applying an open framework of management indicators to evaluate the WFD’s management processes in Germany. On a conceptual level, this paper develops the basic design principles of the framework and collects around 40 management indicators in a structured way, based on an analysis of the literature related to water management. On an empirical level, this paper provides guidelines on, and specific examples of the ways in which this framework can be applied in practice, based on reports on the implementation process and data from the German reporting system WasserBLIcK. Results show that the framework is useful for systematically analysing the implementation processes of the WFD in Germany. To increase the value of the framework, the authors invite further research to facilitate the framework’s continual update and its application in the ongoing implementation processes of the WFD in Germany.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=17696
Kirschke, S., Völker, J., Richter, S. (2016):
Evaluating water management processes in Germany: conceptual approach and practical applications
Environ. Earth Sci. 75 (14), art. 1098