water management directive Articles

  • Participatory scenarios for regional water management planning: an Eastern Baltic case study

    Ambitious mid- and long-term water protection goals currently exist regionally and globally. Setting policy goals means commitments not only for the environmental sector but also for all water users. This paper aims to contribute to the enhancement of mid- (2015) and long-term (2030 and 2050) regional water policy development by addressing the role of participatory scenarios in river basin ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Managing scarcity: changing the paradigm for sustainable resource management

    As Arizona’s fastest growing private water and wastewater utility, Global Water Resources (“Global”) is driving the deployment of efficient water resource management to ensure the sustainability of development. The drought plagued Southwest, poised to experience continued rapid growth, does so at the peril of its limited groundwater supplies. Thus, water conservation is imperative in the desert ...

  • Water markets as a response to scarcity

    Existing water governance systems are proving to be quite ineffective in managing water scarcity, creating severe risk for many aspects of our societies and economies. Water markets are a relatively new and increasingly popular tool in the fight against growing water scarcity. They make a voluntary exchange possible between interested buyers and sellers of water rights. This paper presents ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The role of water policy entrepreneurs in adaptation to change in the water sector

    Addressing pressing issues such as water scarcity, pollution or flood risks will often require major shifts in existing water management policy and policy practices. Paradigm shifts from hydraulic to ecosystem-based policies can be substantial and may also force change toward more participatory governance modes. Analysis of transitions in 15 countries and at European and global levels shows that ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is desalination the most sustainable alternative for water-shortage mitigation in Israel?

    Significant progress in seawater desalination technology has lowered its costs considerably, making it an attractive option to policy makers in countries facing water shortages. However, in making the decision to implement desalination, two issues are often ignored: firstly, seawater desalination is also associated with external costs. Secondly, alternative measures of managing water shortage may ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • AU optronics uses aqueduct maps to assess water risk

    This post is part of a series on World Water Week, an annual event designed to draw attention to and discuss global water issues. Read more posts in this series. This piece was co-authored by Keith Liao, Senior Engineer with the AU Optronics Corporate ...

  • Down-scaling pan-European water scenarios to local visions in the Mediterranean: the Candelaro Basin case study in Italy

    In the Mediterranean, the increasing social impacts of water scarcity are growing, but effective measures to manage such scarcity are difficult to implement due to the variability of stakeholders and the weak means to handle new policies. To ameliorate the future of water management in the region, communication between stakeholders has to be improved. The Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000) ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate change impact chains in the water sector: observations from projects on the East India coast

    With regional variations, climate change has a significant impact on water quality deterioration and scarcity, which are serious challenges in developing countries and emerging economies. Often, effective projects to improve water management in the light of climate change are difficult to develop because of the complex interrelations between direct and indirect climate impacts and local ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe

    Climate change — the risk to cities and Europe Climate change is happening, projected to continue and poses serious challenges for cities. Extreme weather events resulting in hazards such as heatwaves, floods and droughts are expected to happen more frequently in many parts of Europe. The impacts are stark: flooding can damage or wash away homes, businesses and ...

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