The Link Between Ecosystem Services and Human Well Being in the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive: Assessing Four River Basins in Europe

Ebun Akinsete, Stella Apostolaki, Nikos Chatzistamoulou, Phoebe Koundouri, and Stella Tsani, The Link between Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing in the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive: Assessing Four River Basins in Europe, Water, 11(3), 2019, 508.

20 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2019

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Ebun Akinsete

International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8)

Stella Apostolaki

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nikos Chatzistamoulou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Phoebe Koundouri

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies; University of Reading - Department of Economics

Stella Tsani

University of Ioannina - Department of Economics; Athens University of Economics and Business

Date Written: March 22, 2019

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between the environment and human well being whilst considering water resource pressures in the context of ecosystem services, before assessing the management actions to facilitate human wellbeing under the European Union’s Water Framework Directive (WFD). By focusing on four river basins in four European countries currently working to implement the WFD, we explore the effects of multiple pressures faced within each one on human well being. Under an Ecosystem Services framework, we identify those effects and consolidate them into Human Well being Factors to assess the management actions. Then, by conducting a qualitative content analysis, we assess the effectiveness of each Program of Measures at river basin level and relate them to Human Well being Factors. Findings indicate that factors such as population growth trends intensify the effects of these pressures on human well being. Finally, the paper pinpoints that human well being must remain an ever-present consideration to be weighed against any other competing policy objectives.

Keywords: integrated river basin management; human wellbeing; ecosystem services; policy

JEL Classification: Q2; D00; H2

Suggested Citation

Akinsete, Ebun and Apostolaki, Stella and Chatzistamoulou, Nikos and Koundouri, Phoebe and Tsani, Stella, The Link Between Ecosystem Services and Human Well Being in the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive: Assessing Four River Basins in Europe (March 22, 2019). Ebun Akinsete, Stella Apostolaki, Nikos Chatzistamoulou, Phoebe Koundouri, and Stella Tsani, The Link between Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing in the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive: Assessing Four River Basins in Europe, Water, 11(3), 2019, 508. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3358225

Ebun Akinsete (Contact Author)

International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) ( email )

Greece

Stella Apostolaki

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nikos Chatzistamoulou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Phoebe Koundouri

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies ( email )

GR-10434 Athens
Greece
+0030 210 8203147 (Phone)
+0030 210 8214122 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.ucl.ac.uk/downloads/koundouri/cv.pdf

University of Reading - Department of Economics ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AA
United Kingdom
+44 - (0)118 - 9875123 (Phone)
+44 - (0)118 - 9750236 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/economics/koundouri.html

Stella Tsani

University of Ioannina - Department of Economics ( email )

45110 Ioannina
Greece

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

Patision 76
Athens, 10443
Greece

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