Skip to Main Content

Diffuse Pollution, Degraded Waters: emerging policy solutions

By
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
Search for other works by this author on:
IWA Publishing
Volume
16
ISBN electronic:
9781780408798
Publication date:
2017

After decades of regulation and investment to reduce point source water pollution, OECD countries still face water quality challenges (e.g. eutrophication) from diffuse agricultural and urban sources of pollution, that is disperse pollution from surface runoff, soil filtration and atmospheric deposition. The relative lack of progress reflects the complexities of controlling multiple pollutants from multiple sources, their high spatial and temporal variability, associated transactions costs, and limited political acceptability of regulatory measures. This report outlines the water quality challenges facing OECD countries today, presents a range of policy instruments and innovative case studies of diffuse pollution control, and concludes with an integrated policy framework to tackle diffuse water pollution. An optimal approach will likely entail a mix of policy interventions reflecting the basic OECD principles of water quality management – pollution prevention, treatment at source, the polluter pays and beneficiary pays principles, equity, and policy coherence.

This title belongs to OECD Report Series

ISBN: 9781780408781 (Print)

ISBN: 9781780408798 (eBook)

Diffuse Pollution, Degraded Waters: emerging policy solutions
By: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/9781780408798
ISBN (electronic): 9781780408798
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2017

Download citation file:


×
This content is PDF only. Please click on the PDF icon to access.
Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal