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Johanna Alkan Olsson. Photo.

Johanna Alkan Olsson

Social environmental scientist

Johanna Alkan Olsson. Photo.

Defining goals in participatory water management: merging local visions and expert judgements

Author

  • Anna C. Jonsson
  • Lotta Andersson
  • Johanna Alkan Olsson
  • Madelaine Johansson

Summary, in English

Management by objectives is intrinsic to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Swedish environmental policy. We describe three approaches to formulating objectives via model-assisted dialogue with local stakeholders concerning eutrophication in a coastal drainage area in south-eastern Sweden: a WFD eco-centred approach based on 'natural state'; Swedish environmental policy reformulated into quantified reduction goals; and a participatory approach based on local stakeholder definitions of desirable environmental status. Despite problems with representation, we conclude that local stakeholder participation in formulating local goals could increase goal functionality and robustness when adapting and implementing national and EU WFD goals at the local level.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2011

Language

English

Pages

909-935

Publication/Series

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Volume

54

Issue

7

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • goal formulation
  • stakeholder involvement
  • local
  • management by objectives (MBO)
  • participatory water management

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1360-0559