Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management, by Jon D. Erickson, Frank Messner, Irene Ring

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Currently, cost recovery is achieved via prices for delivered goods such as drinking water and subsidies or other transfer mechanisms. , through abstraction charges). The WFD now requires that all water uses – in terms of the WFD water services, their customers as well as all human activities causing significant pressures on water systems – have to contribute to the cost recovery of water services in an adequate fashion. Cost-effectiveness of measures: The PoMs shall consist of the most costeffective combination of measures available for achieving a good quality of all water bodies.

Conflicts are likely to expand in the future, due to the binding environmental objectives of the WFD. Coordination among the different federal states in regulatory and management matters is institutionalized within the ‘Working Group of the Federal States on Water Problems’ (LAWA), which was established in 1956. With its annually shifting presidencies and offices as well as an inscrutable variety of permanent and ad hoc committees or boards, the LAWA is a typical product of Germany’s federal structure.

Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Leipzig), but rarely operate over longer distances than a few hundred kilometers. 2. Past and Current Challenges of Water Resources Management in Germany For decades, the main challenge of Germany’s water sector has been the control of point sources of pollution. Recently, the reduction of non-point pollution, the ecological and hydromorphological restoration of rivers, and flood control play an increasing role. The peak of organic and chemical pollution of rivers and streams was reached in the second half of the 20th century: salmon, formerly an important part of the diet of the people living along the river, became extinct around 1950 in the river Rhine.

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