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