Are disproportionate costs of the WFD an issue? A screening in Denmark

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EU’s water framework directive (WFD) is implemented as an instrument to obtain good ecological status in water bodies of Europe. The directive recognizes the need to accommodate social and economic considerations to obtain cost-effective implementation of the Directive, and at the same time it is possible to claim exemptions from the objectives if costs are disproportionate. One interpretation of “disproportionate costs” is that costs exceed the benefits from fulfilling the WFD. The paper addresses whether the costs of achieving good ecological status in Denmark may be disproportionate, and demonstrates a methodology to assess the disproportionate costs based on Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA). Specifically, we propose to use a screening procedure based on a relatively conservative CBA as a first step to identifying areas where costs could be disproportionate, and apply this approach in a total of 23 water catchment areas in Denmark where costs and benefits are estimated for each of the areas. In order to support and validate the main findings from the 23 CBAs, a sensitivity analysis is conducted where costs and benefits are assessed in a less conservative way. The results in terms of net present value for each catchment from the conservative approach suggest as a preliminary indication that costs could be disproportionate in several Danish water catchment areas. The sensitivity analysis further helps to pinpoint two or three areas where we suggest that more detailed and precise CBAs are needed in order to properly ascertain whether costs are indeed disproportionate.
Antal sider35
StatusUdgivet - 2012
BegivenhedEuropean Association of Environmental and Resource Economists - Prague, Tjekkiet
Varighed: 27 jun. 201230 jun. 2012
Konferencens nummer: 19


KonferenceEuropean Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

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