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Re-designating water bodies in Denmark bypasses the Water Framework Directive objectives

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Despite the initially ambitious provisions of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) when it first entered into force, thousands of kilometres of Danish watercourses have now lost their legal protection through the application of the WFD’s provisions concerning the designation of water bodies. This article describes the designation process and concludes that it does not conform to the obligation carefully to assign an environmental objective to discrete and significant water bodies as set out in the WFD. Neither does it ensure the same level of protection that existed prior to the
implementation of the WFD.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Water Law
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2017

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