Report on evaluation of the method for water planning to draw conclusions and describe experiences

Author: Towe Holmborn, Sollentuna Municipality

Full report (in Swedish)

Summary of the report

Within the framework of the EU project LIFE IP Rich Waters, the municipality of Sollentuna has developed a model for municipal water planning with an ecosystem services perspective.

Within the project, the municipality has developed a method for how ecosystem services can be integrated into water planning and developed a water plan. The municipality has also developed a water database where all data connected to the municipality’s surface waters is gathered and displayed. In addition, the project has described and evaluated the working method (this document). The work with the development of the water plan has given the municipality tools to work towards good status in our natural waters and to achieve sustainable water management within the municipality. The work has created consensus, pride, job satisfaction and a structured way of working for the municipality. The work has also contributed to knowledge building both internally and externally. As a result of the work, there is now a greater understanding within the municipality of the challenges we face together, but also an understanding of what the solutions may look like.

Summary of the external evaluation report

In order to evaluate the knowledge of the Water plan and the general opinion on
Sollentuna municipality’s water related work a survey was carried out among
citizens of Sollentuna during 2021. 51 replies was achieved. Based on the results
we can draw two conclusions:

  1. The knowledge of the water plan is high among the citizens.
  2. The citizens put high value to healthy lakes and streams and support
    therefore the municipality’s decisions to allocate resources to water related

Summary of the internal evaluation report

In order to evaluate the method applied when working with the water plan a
survey was carried out within the workgroup of the water plan during 2021. The
survey was sent to 36 project members. 19 replies was achieved.

Based on the results we can conclude that working with the plan has been fun,
rewarding and worth the effort.

The respondents are in general happy with the process and they feel that their
competence and opinions have been taken care of. The respondents feel proud of
the water plan and are looking forward to execute the measures. They find the
measures relevant and well established

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