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The architecture of collaborative governance regimes in Dutch flood risk management: The Grebbedijk case

Published on 06/11/2019 by Emma Avoyan and Sander Meijerink

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Emma Avoyan

Radboud University

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Top: Grebbedijk's development area; Middle: 'Dijkdenkers' discussing ambitions for the dike reinforcement. (Photos by Grebbedijk project and Waterschap Vallei en Veluwe).

Innovative components

The central question of this study is which factors promote or hinder cross-sector collaboration in Dutch flood risk management and, more specifically, how governance and institutional arrangements enhance this collaboration. To answer this question we focused on a case study. One of the large integrated projects within the Dutch Flood Protection Programme is the project Grebbedijk along the river Nederrijn. In this project various alternatives for realizing the new flood risk standards have been explored by concerned agencies. Supported by an extensive document analysis, observations made during project meetings as well as a series of in depth interviews, we assessed the overall performance of collaborative governance regime for the project Grebbedijk.

Implications for practice

At the participant level, participation contributes to the accomplishment of individual goals and missions of participant agencies in varying degrees. However, the power asymmetries between the agencies shape interaction between participants and the shared motivations of the collaboration. For example, in the Grebbedijk project, the water authority is the dominant agency determining the outcomes of this collaborative governance regime. They seem to prefer straightforward sectoral rather than more complex integrative solutions.

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Conference proceedings

Emma Avoyan and Sander Meijerink (2019) The architecture of collaborative governance regimes in Dutch flood risk management, Earth system governace 2019 conference abstract

Emma Avoyan (2019) Collaborative governance in Dutch flood risk management, an historical analysis , 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference abstract.

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Cross-sector collaboration within Dutch flood risk governance: historical analysis of external triggers

Literature synthesis to track how the policy and legal frameworks, socio-economic circumstances, political realities, power relations and conflict situations influenced the attempts at collaboration since the flooding disaster of 1953.

21/05/2019 by Emma Avoyan et al.

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