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Living in a bubble: Potential gains from flexible water management policies
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences. Department of Business, Economics and Law, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall.
2018 (English)In: Applied Economics Letters, ISSN 1350-4851, E-ISSN 1466-4291Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a study on the current Swedish implementation of the European Union’s Water Framework Directive and associated environmental legislation, and compares the costs and benefits of the current implementation strategy with those that could prevail under more flexible ‘bubble’ schemes, where environmental improvement measures can be traded among various locations within the same river system to reach the overall environmental target. The case studies employed constitute two different Swedish river systems, namely the Ångerman River system in northern Sweden with its large-scale hydropower plants, and the Mörrum River system with similar but smaller plants. If some type of bubble scheme is used, the environmental benefits that the current policies are likely to achieve could come into effect at well under half the cost in one of the two river systems studied, and at less than a tenth of the cost in the other.

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2018.
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Water Framework Directive, Sweden, hydropower, ecological connectivity
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-67075DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2017.1420882OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-67075DiVA: diva2:1168074
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Swedish Energy AgencySwedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2017-12-19 Last updated: 2018-01-12

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