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Reducing nitrogen leaching from fertilizers to surface waters: catchment specific indicators of economic benefits: paper presented at World Conference of Environmental and Resource Economics, Gothenburg 25-29 June 2018

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We explore with impact pathway methodology the economic benefits of reducing nitrogen leaching to transitional surface waters, as expected for a proportionality test under the EU’s Water Framework Directive article 4. Ten different catchments is analyzed for a policy scenario where downstream discharges to estuaries are reduced by 35%, which is predicted to curb leaching with 5,200 ton N and provide significant Secchi-depth improvements. The paper calls into question non-regionalized intervention policies based on a uniform ceiling to abatement costs per unit of nitrogen reduction.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2018
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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