Assessing the Establishment and Implementation of Environmental Flows in Spain

Mezger, Gabriel and De Stefano, Lucia and Gonzalez Del Tanago Del Rio, Marta (2019). Assessing the Establishment and Implementation of Environmental Flows in Spain. "Environmental Management" (n. 64); pp. 721-735. ISSN 0364-152X. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-019-01222-2.

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Title: Assessing the Establishment and Implementation of Environmental Flows in Spain
Author/s:
  • Mezger, Gabriel
  • De Stefano, Lucia
  • Gonzalez Del Tanago Del Rio, Marta
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Environmental Management
Date: 2019
ISSN: 0364-152X
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Environmental flows; Assessment; Water Framework Directive; Adaptive management
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural (UPM)
Department: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The alteration of natural flows due to water withdrawals and the presence of hydraulic infrastructure poses significant threats to the integrity of riverine ecosystems. The establishment of environmental flows (EF) has been conceived as a water management tool to mitigate the impact of in-stream flows alteration. To date, a large body of literature has focused on methods to define EF, but less attention has been paid to documenting and assessing their actual implementation on the ground. This article provides a framework to describe and assess the process of design, application, and monitoring of EF at a river basin level. The framework is applied to Spain, where significant efforts have been made during the past decade to define and implement EF across the country. The goal of the paper is to identify strengths and opportunities for improving the implementation of EF at country level. The Spanish legislation establishes that EF should contribute to the achievement of the good ecological status of surface water bodies as required by the European Union Water Framework Directive. Several pitfalls in the design, application, and monitoring of this important river management measure constrain the ability of the existing EF to deliver that fundamental outcome.

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Item ID: 64263
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/64263/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:64263
DOI: 10.1007/s00267-019-01222-2
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00267-019-01222-2
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 10 Nov 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 10:53
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