What affects adoption of actions to help the water environment?

Dee DecisionsThere are many recommended actions (or 'measures') for how to protect and promote the good ecological status of European freshwaters.  However, achieving our goals ultimately depends on the decisions made by individuals and organisations whose actions can affect the water environment.  What factors can help or hinder those actions? 

Based on the literature and two workshops with stakeholders in Scotland (Dee Catchment) and Greece (Louros Catchment), we propose a model of nine broad issues, or capacities, whose presence can act to facilitate uptake of these actions (or whose absence can act as a barrier to action).  Money is not the only issue: for example the linked issues of time, social and human capital are all important, as well as environmental, institutional and business context.

Click here for the report of this model: Waylen, K.A., Dunglinson, J., Blackstock, K., Skuras, D., Psaltopoulos, D. (2011).  Conceptual model of stakeholder views of measures and potential barriers to uptake, REFRESH deliverable 1.16.  The James Hutton Institute Aberdeen and the University of Patras.

Click here for the Dee workshop report: Waylen, K.A., Blackstock, K., Cooksley, S. (2011).  Land-manager contributions to protecting the Dee Water Environment.  REFRESH deliverable 1.14, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK.

Click here for the Louros workshop report: Kontolaimou, A., Skuras, D., Psaltopoulos, D. (2011).  Report from workshop in Greece to explore discrepancies between different groups of stakeholders regarding their perceptions of the policy implementation issues the underlying factors that explain these differences, REFRESH deliverable 1.15, University of Patras, Greece

Click here for a two-page policy brief on this subject: Waylen, K.A., Blackstock, K., Cooksley, S. (2011). Encouraging land-manager contributions to protecting and enhancing the water environment. Policy brief for Scotland. The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK

For more information contact Dr Kerry Waylen - kerry.waylen@hutton.ac.uk

Future challenges to WFD implementation

Future ChallengesREFRESH has produced a new report on future challenges to implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and associated commitments under the Natura 2000 directive.  This report is the result of a London workshop attended by policy-makers from across Europe, together with some scenario scientists working on scenarios in REFRESH, held in March 2011.
The report considers potential challenges posed not just by climate and environmental changes, but also by societal and policy changes.  Building on these, it highlights research needs and key responses that may assist in tackling these challenges.  At present, policies may not be sufficiently 'future-proofed', but, some responses now- such as better handling and reducing uncertainty, promoting partnership working, and allowing flexible adaptive management - may allow us to sustainably protect freshwaters and safeguard the range of ecosystem services delivered to 2050 and beyond.

Click here for this report:  Waylen, K.A., Slee, R., Helliwell, R., Brown, I., Morris, S., Blackstock, K (2011).  Report from REFRESH Cross-European Policy Workshop, London 16-17th March 2011, REFRESH Deliverable 1.13.  The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK

The scenarios of future environmental change presented at the London workshop can be downloaded from here.

For more information contact Dr Kerry Waylen - kerry.waylen@hutton.ac.uk

Second Project Meeting

Aberdeen Group

The second REFRESH Project meeting was held at the James Hutton Institute (formerly the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute), Aberdeen, Scotland from 3rd to 8th April, 2011. The meeting was hosted by Partner MLURI. The agenda comprised a mixture of plenary sessions (introductory and reporting back), work package workshops and integrated workshops cutting across two or more work packages.

REFRESH Partners can find minutes and presentations from the meeting in the Project Meetings Area (Intranet only)

'Climate adaptation in the Nordic countries: Science, Practice, Policy', Sweden

REFRESH will be represented at the 'Climate Adaptation in the Nordic Countries: Science, Practice, Policy' 8-10 November 2010, Stockholm, Sweden. The purpose of the conference is to explore the links between adaptation science, practice, and policy and is an initiative of the Nordic Climate change Adaptation research Network (NORDCLAD-Net).