Keywords: cost-effectiveness analysis, economic evaluation, policy measures, water management, water quality
Principles for the application of the cost-effectiveness analysis in water quality sector
Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) provides useful information for the cost and the environmental effectiveness of alternative management options in realising a given environmental goal. The purpose of this paper is to present factors that could be considered essential for the identification of the most cost-effective combination of the measures for water quality management. The reviewed literature focuses on the control of anthropogenic eutrophication. However, there seems to be no research case studies where all factors suggested in this paper are examined. Furthermore, tables could be used as a tool in order to facilitate the consideration of these quantitative and qualitative data.