24 Aug '12, 10am

#watermanagement & human activities needs to be better intergrated thru spatial planning, says report by @EUenvironment

#watermanagement & human activities needs to be better intergrated thru spatial planning, says report by @EUenvironment

The report, 'Territorial cohesion and water management in Europe: the spatial perspective' addresses the basic fact that river basins and administratively distinct regions often have different boundaries, leading to a mismatch between land planning and water management. The centrepiece of EU water legislation, the Water Framework Directive which is implemented through River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs), takes this element into consideration. However, water basin management should be more closely integrated with spatial planning, the report argues. This would bring a strategic focus to planning, highlighting decisions which affect water resources. The current situation means that costs can fall on those who do not benefit – for example, water pollution from agriculture in one territory that flows downstream to others. Also, benefits may go to those outside the territory w...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/managing-water-and-hu...

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