Investigating the use of environmental benefits in the policy decision process: a qualitative study focusing on the EU water policy
This paper presents the use of environmental benefits in the policy-making process in nine European countries. Growing competition for financial resources suggests that a precise understanding of the benefits provided by policies is needed. In particular, the environmental co-benefits
that environmental policies offer must be more thoroughly investigated. Yet because there is often a focus on systems rather than individual species or specific environmental factors it becomes more difficult to characterise benefits. This paper shows that the role of environmental benefits
to advise policy action differs across selected European countries. Environmental benefits are used at different stages of the policy cycle and for different purposes. In many cases they are not used to inform high level decision making but to stimulate public debate or to develop more targeted
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Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, Trent Park Campus, Bramley Road, London, N14 4YZ, UK
Ecologic Institute, Pfalzburgerstr. 43–44 10717 Berlin, Germany
Fresh-Thoughts Consulting, Auhofstr. 4/7, 1130 Vienna, Austria
NIVA – Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Gaustadalléen 21, 0349 Oslo, Norway
Publication date: October 3, 2014
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