Plausible future scenarios for the water environment to 2030 and 2050

This project developed and explored 4 plausible future
scenarios and a reference scenario for the water
environment for England and Wales through to 2050.

The scenarios are a strategic tool that can be used to
investigate future uncertainties associated with water
management in a coherent and consistent manner. The
project’s findings will help water and environment
planners to help ‘future proof’ water management
strategies and policies.

Exploring the four scenarios enabled learning about the future water management challenges impacting the water environment and water resources. This allowed an assessment of the effectiveness of current EU legislation. Future climate and socio-economic changes may undermine EU environmental requirements as even scenarios driven by long-term sustainability do not fully achieve the desired environmental outcomes. The findings of these study could assist water and environment planners to help ‘future proof’ water management strategies and policies.

The scenarios were made in:

2014

The scenarios look out to:

2050

Project facts

United Kingdom

England and Wales

2014

Submitted by:

David Forrow

Project client

10 februari 2021

How to cite this page:

David Forrow

Plausible future scenarios for the water environment to 2030 and 2050

Resources

C. Henriques, K. Garnett, E.K. Weatherhead, F.A. Lickorish, D. Forrow, J. Delgado, The future water environment — Using scenarios to explore the significant water management challenges in England and Wales to 2050, Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 512–513, 2015,

Project summary

Full scenarios

Project images

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