The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has granted funds to the research programme: A systems perspective on environmental quality standards.

The purpose of the programme is to analyse legal, political and economy aspects and the interplay between these as well as the introduction of so called environmental quality standards. The programme will mainly focus on environmental quality standards for watercourses within the Swedish outflow of water.

The programme is expected to last three years with a total budget of 15 million SEK and is divided into six subprojects, one of them being more or less an economy project. Main responsible for the entire programme is Lena Gippert, the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, Gothenburg. Project leader for the economy subproject is Patrik Söderholm, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, and deputy project leader is CEREs Runar Brännlund.

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