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Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in Spain: A Diagnosis

Abstract: Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) were almost unknown in Spain two decades ago; today, urban drainage in the country is transitioning towards a more sustainable and regenerative management in a global context where green policies are gaining prominence. This research establishes a diagnosis of SUDS in Spain and examines the extent to which the country is moving towards the new paradigm in three dimensions: (a) the governance and social perception of the community, (b) the regulative background, and (c) the implementation and the technical performance of SUDS. The diagnosis identifies barriers that hinder the change. Then, we define the challenges that Spain has to face to overcome obstacles that delay the transition. Barriers to the governance sphere are related to the lack of involvement, knowledge, and organisational responsibilities. Within the regulative framework, the absence of national standards hinders the general implementation at the national scale, although few regional and local authorities are taking steps in the right direction with their own regulations. From the technical perspective, SUDS performance within the Spanish context was determined, although some shortcomings are still to be investigated. Despite the slowdown caused by the hard recession periods and the more recent political instability, SUDS implementation in Spain is today a fact, and the country is close to reaching the stabilisation stage

 Fuente: Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2791

 Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 01/03/2021

 Nº de páginas: 22

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/su13052791

 ISSN: 2071-1050

 Proyecto español: RTI2018-094217-B-C31 ; RTI2018-094217-B-C32 ; RTI2018-094217-B-C33 ;