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Policy development and the estuary environment: a Severn Estuary case study

Ballinger, Rhoda Catherine ORCID: and Stojanovic, Timothy Andrew 2010. Policy development and the estuary environment: a Severn Estuary case study. Marine Pollution Bulletin 61 (1-3) , pp. 132-145. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.12.020

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The paper reviews the development of key policy relating to estuary management, highlighting the trends and drivers in policy development which have shaped the management and protection of the estuary environment. Focusing on policy developments over the last three decades, the paper draws attention to the significant influence of European policy and new approaches to environmental governance in stimulating wider and more integrated approaches to the environmental management of the estuary, as well as highlighting considerable environmental improvements associated with increased environmental regulation. The paper discusses how ‘fit for purpose’ the policy framework is to address current challenges, including those identified by recent stakeholder consultations. Significant issues include limited understanding and information related to the cause–effect relationships between policy and environmental quality as well as ongoing institutional and policy fragmentation associated with devolutionary processes. Such fragmentation, alongside under-investment in integrated estuary planning, is likely to prove a particular challenge to balanced and informed decision-making. Whilst the paper focuses on the Severn experience, the approach adopted will be of interest to all assessing policy-environment linkages.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Estuary management; Environmental policy; Science-policy; Severn Estuary
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0025-326X
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:34

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