Governance in the Water Framework Directive: lessons from and what we learn from TRAP

Governance in the Water Framework Directive: lessons from and what we learn from TRAP

This paper has been prepared to explore the implications of governance for the Water Framework Directive, drawing from the Interreg 4c TRAP project. Governance is concerned with the mechanisms for implementation of government policy so the challenge of interactive governance for the river basin management plans is obviously significant. Case studies from the Rivers Trust in the UK and the OUKA (Oulu-Kajaani) river corridor in Finland provide important lessons, the Rivers Trusts are grassroots, bottomup organisations that undertake action on the ground to protect freshwaters and manage their catchments. OUKA is a regional development zone to address economic development and environmental protection needs. The paper concludes that local-regional networks have an important contribution to make to governance for the Water Framework Directive but that care must be taken in the design of the right structures for these networks. Key issues are active common purpose and effective contributions from constituent members.

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