Contrasting stories on overcoming governance challenges: the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands

Jeroen Van der Heijden, Ernst ten Heuvelhof, Bertien Broekhans, Sonja van der Arend, Ellen van Bueren, Casper Harteveld, Theo van Ruijven

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    Abstract

    The European Union Water Framework Directive (WFD) has provided the European Member States with a range of interacting governance challenges. This article studies three of these (the need for new administrative arrangements, public participation, and the enforced strict time frame). It questions how these interacting governance challenges were addressed in implementing the WFD in the Netherlands - a particularly interesting country since the European Commission assesses its implementation process in relatively positive terms, while an in-depth study reported on in this article tells a contrasting story. Based on this study, the article concludes that especially the interaction effects between the governance challenges may help us to better understand the outcome of the WFD-implementation process, and to provide more suitable advice as to how to improve the implementation process in future rounds.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)318-333
    JournalLocal Environment
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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