Water Governance and Management Challenges in the Continuum from Land to the Coastal Sea – Spatial Planning as a Management Tool

Working Paper Published: May 2014

This paper provides an overview of the scale of deterioration of water resources in the continuum from land to the coastal zone and the near shore environment is documented, looking at governance and management frameworks in the European Union (EU) and the United States (US). 

Summary

In this paper an overview of the scale of deterioration of water resources in the continuum from land to the coastal zone and the near shore environment is documented.

Prevailing governance and management frameworks with regard to freshwater, coastal zone management and spatial planning tools are analyzed, looking specifically at examples of the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) that both have a long history of implementation, and their effectiveness, is evaluated.

Ways to improve governance of water resources in the continuum are discussed. Conclusions are then drawn on how spatial planning tools can be utilized within management frameworks in the continuum across different scales.

How to Cite: Granit, J., Liss Lymer, B., Olsen, S., Lundqvist, J., Lindstrom, A. 2014. Water Governance and Management Challenges in the Continuum from Land to the Coastal Sea – Spatial Planning as a Management Tool. SIWI Paper 22. SIWI. Stockholm.