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Training course on Economical Tools for WFD Implementation + Waterpraxis Steering Group meeting

13 - 14 January 2010, Kaunas, Lithuania

Training course: How to use Environmental Economic Analyses in River Basin Planning

The  training  course  aims  to  provide  river  basin  planners  with  insights  and  hands-on training  in  how  economic  analyses  regarding  costs  and  benefits  can  be  used  in  water resource  planning,  especially  related  to  the  implementation  of  the  Water  Framework Directive (WFD). Representatives of local and regional stakeholders, governmental as well as  non-governmental  institutions,  researches  and  educators  that  are  lacking  knowledge and  require competence  in  the  field of economical studies are  invited  to  join  the course. Prior knowledge of environmental economics or economics is not required.

The contents of the course are an overview of the economic requirements in the WFD, an introduction  to  fundamentals  of  environmental  economic  assessments  of  costs  and benefits  and  examples  of  applied  cost-benefit  studies  and  cost-effectiveness  studies. Economic analysis  is central  to several parts of  the WFD and  the  implementation of  the river  basin  management  plans.  The  course  is  building  on  the  existing WFD  Guidance Documents  (e.g. WATECO)  and  will  provide  information  of  the  economic methods  and analyses required. 

The  economics  of  the  WFD  consist  of  three  types  of  economic  analysis.  The  first  is analysis of the costs of providing water  for consumers and of water pricing. Assessments of which instruments can be used and of the distribution of the costs should be part of this assessment. Secondly, cost-effectiveness analysis is required to ensure that the selected measures  achieve  the  environmental  targets  at  the  lowest  cost.  Thirdly,  cost-benefit analysis  can  be  used  to  examine  whether  it  will  be  too  costly  to  reach  some  targets compared with the benefits which will be obtained.

During  the  course  the most emphasis will be paid  to  the principles of  cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses and examples of  the use of  these analyses  for  the  river basin management  plans  required  by  the  WFD  will  be  provided.  The  training  will  combine lectures as well as hands-on exercises related to the implementation of WFD. At the same time  it  will  analyse  additional  values  connected  to  the  action plans,  i.e.  improved recreational possibilities, alternate possibilities for tourism and others.  

Lecture 1: The economic requirements in the WFD 
Lecture 2: Fundamentals of environmental economics 
Lecture 3: Principles of cost-effectiveness. Examples of cost-studies, cost-effectiveness and cost-minimisation 
Lecture 4: Benefits and valuation studies – principles and examples 
Lecture 5: Cost-benefit analysis – principles and examples

Exercise 1: Description of the economic problems of a water body related to the requirements of the WFD (cases can be delivered to the students who do not have a case - discussions in groups).
Exercise 2: Estimation of costs for different measures and improvements using combinations of measures (Excel tables to be handed out).
Exercise 3: Estimation of aggregated benefits for the effects of the water body improvement using benefit estimates handed out.  Exercise 4: Aggregating costs and benefits for the area and see how different assumptions, aggregation rules etc will influence the benefit cost ratio.

The course will be delivered by senior researcher Berit Hasler and research assistant Sisse Liv Brodersen from Danish National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) at Aarhus University. Both are environmental economists experienced in water resource economic assessments. The case studies on cost-efficiency analysis methods and tools will be presented by Sairi Vaisanen from Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE).The course will be held in English language.

The training course is free of charge. However, the participants have to cover their travel and accommodation costs by themselves. The registration should be done before December 1, 2009.

For the registration please contact

Dalia Jankunaite
Kaunas University of Technology, Department for Environmental Engineering
Radvilenu pl 19, 50254 Kaunas, Lithuania

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Tel.: +370 37 300182, Fax: +370 37 300152

Application form (PDF) / program (PDF)