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8 november: Seminar on water quality standards and compensation measures


Seminar on water quality standards and compensation measures

The EU Water framework directive (WFD) has had profound consequences for both fresh and coastal water management. Not least since 2015, when the EU Court of Justice in the so-called Weser case made it clear that member states must refuse authorisation for any project that will result in deterioration of the status of a water body or even jeopardise the attainment of good surface water status, unless the project is covered by a derogation.

This has attracted a lot of attention to the definition of deterioration and the preconditions for derogations but has also prompted many actors to look for ways to compensate for nutritional input in water bodies by means of activities that extract nutrients, thereby enabling activities that may otherwise not be permissible. The seminar is dedicated to identifying and discussing legal and policy differences between Denmark, Finland, Aaland and Sweden with regard to the interpretation of the directive/the Weser case and the implications for the taking of compensation measures (e.g. mussel farming) as a way to create “space” for activities that entail nutrient leakage.

Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 09:00 - 12:00 a.m.
Venue: Annedalsseminariet, room 514 (Aulan), Seminariegatan 1A, Gothenburg

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