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Sweden moves to river basin water management

The Swedish environment ministry has announced an investigation into restructuring the country's water resources management to ensure compliance with the EU's 2000 water framework directive. The directive requires river basins to be the functional unit of management, whereas in Sweden management is carved up according to local authority boundaries. The ministry says it would prefer to avoid creating an entirely new water management body and is hopeful compliance will be possible through increasing cooperation between local authorities. The new system should be in place by next summer. See press release.

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