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Utilizing the ESA for WFD implementation: opportunities and challenges. Eduard Interwies. Background. Environmental policy consulting: Focus on water management (WFD, international), but also marine, agriculture, energy policy Economics: methods/policy support and instruments But also:

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Utilizing the esa for wfd implementation opportunities and challenges

Utilizing the ESA for WFD implementation: opportunities and challenges

Eduard Interwies


Background

Background

Environmental policy consulting:

  • Focus on water management (WFD, international), but also marine, agriculture, energy policy

  • Economics: methods/policy support and instruments

    But also:

  • Science-policy interfacing in research projects (e.g. ESAWADI – see working group hydromorphology)


Esa wfd opportunities

ESA-WFD: opportunities

  • Support answering open issues from 1st RBMP (Economics? Exemptions?)

  • Better understanding of ecosystem functions, roles and interactions (land-sea etc.)

  • Good „linking element“ for policy integration: „bridge“ (nature protection, water management, energy et al.)

  • Communication: illustrative and understandable (more than WFD!)


Boring

Boring?


Esa wfd challenges

ESA-WFD: challenges

  • Anthropocentric approach: focus on “what nature provides humans“: sufficient for sustainability in the long run? Existence values considered sufficiently?

  • Ecosystem services: even if activities putting pressure on the ecosystem (e.g. oil extraction, hydropower)? Do not confuse ESA valuation with “recognition of the value to protect ecosystems” in the policy process! But: „nice wrong numbers“ for benefits…


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ESA-WFD: challenges

  • Links between the WFD objectives and ecosystems? Maybe “good status”-WFD but not well-functioning ecosystem & vice-versa?

  • Scale issues: broad-scale (WFD) assessment of ES difficult-expensive, even not useful?

  • Measurement: usual issue of „illusion of precision“ when trying to monetize: just the known benefit valuation problems – or beyond?


Way ahead for 2 rbmp beyond

Way ahead for 2. RBMP & beyond

  • Scale: ESA supporting:

    • strategic assessments (at RB scale?) for balancing policies / selecting policy options and

    • local (group of WBs?)/specific situations in „hot spots“ with societal conflicts / high ecological threats

  • ESA as focal point in understanding policy links and interactions (e.g. MSFD-WFD)

  • Good basis for international understanding and coordination: common language (even beyond EU?)

  • Clear link of ESA to understanding the „well-functioning“ of ES: don´t just hunt for numbers…


Way ahead for 2 rbmp beyond1

Way ahead for 2. RBMP & beyond

CENTRAL: communicate! ESA can help discussing effects of measures/their feasibility (“disproportionality”, Art.4)/acceptance with the stakeholders/the public!

  • Overall: on content, the ESA does not fundamentally bring new „content“ to modern WFD-implementation – but helps focusing on what is important – and provides a good (necessary!) communication and exchange tool!

  • ESA is not the “egg-laying wool-milk-pig”…


Thank you for listening

Thank you for listening!

Eduard Interwies

Kontakt: [email protected]


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