Target urban rivers for biggest gains, say framework scientists

The EU Water Framework Directive’s aim to improve all rivers has been criticised by academics. They urge a focus on urban rivers and those with high amenity value

Policymakers should target urban rivers that need improving, rather than pursuing the Water Framework Directive’s goal of making all rivers pristine, say researchers led by the University of East Anglia’s (UEA’s) School of Environmental Sciences.

Officials should also realise that once improvement has been made to one river in an area, making it more attractive to people, improvements to others “makes little difference” to society.

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