New Strategies for Implementing Locally Integrated Stream Restoration Projects


Boer, Cheryl de and Bressers, Hans (2011) New Strategies for Implementing Locally Integrated Stream Restoration Projects. [Report]

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Abstract:Climate change has brought to the forefront increasingly urgent concerns
regarding future uncertainties, adaptation and risk in many countries. Flooding
risks in the Netherlands however have been a high priority for decades. The
Dutch Water Boards and other interested parties (other governments, NGO’s,
local farmers and private citizens) are attempting to deal with this new perceived vulnerability by increasing the resilience of the natural system, giving more space to the water and integrating as many interests into the new projects as possible, thus building stability and sustainability into the resulting system. The adaptive management strategies used to achieve this are comprised of taking a very broad perspective on the interests considered as compatible, deliberate adaptive project design to take advantage of different opportunities for improvements and alterations at different areas of the stream. Based on an existing framework of important governance regime characteristics, we add focus on one newly defined important quality: flexibility. Having both flexible and coherent governance regimes enables projects to meet local requirements and work towards a sustainable situation by synergetic win-win situations, constructive and cooperative planning and implementation and the development of a high level of trust. The paper illustrates and concludes that natural system resilience is dependent on such factors for providing governance system resilience.
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