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Governing Integration: Insights from Integrating Implementation of European Water Policies

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, UK
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Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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Water 2019, 11(3), 598; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11030598
Received: 26 December 2018 / Revised: 7 March 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 22 March 2019
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Abstract

Integrated water resource management (IWRM) is a well-established goal, but there is little evidence about processes of integration linked to water policies. To address this, in 2016–2018 we used a content analysis, a survey and interviews with key actors leading the creation of plans to implement Europe’s Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. We explored whether and how implementation of these policies is being coordinated and reflect on implications for integrated water governance. We found a strong emphasis on achieving integration via coordination. Our interviews brought particular attention to the resources and capacities needed to improve collaboration across teams, including but not limited to information-sharing. Our study gives insight into practical approaches that may support coordination and hence integration of different policy goals for water management: however further theoretically-informed study to track these and other processes is required, as work to connect policy integration with IWRM is still in its infancy. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental policy; policy coherence; environmental governance; integrated catchment management environmental policy; policy coherence; environmental governance; integrated catchment management
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Waylen, K.A.; Blackstock, K.L.; Tindale, S.J.; Juárez-Bourke, A. Governing Integration: Insights from Integrating Implementation of European Water Policies. Water 2019, 11, 598.

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