A stakeholder’s evaluation of collaborative processes for maintaining multi-functional floodplains: a Dutch case study


All over the world, governments have established integrated river basin management projects on local and regional scales to combine functions, such as flood protection, nature restoration, and other potentially conflicting land uses (e.g. recreational and agricultural activities). This has led to collaborative arrangements between diverse administrative levels, sectors and actors in the planning and implementation phase. Following the finalization of the implementation phase, a new floodplain maintenance phase is called for. Maintaining multi-functional floodplains involves, for example, monitoring, the development of ecological infrastructure and the coordination of maintenance activities. This paper addresses how collaborative processes continue and are further shaped in the maintenance phase. Regional stakeholder’s frames were examined with respect to the following components: incentives, collaborative process, allocation of tasks including related responsibilities, and outcomes. Analysis of an unsuccessful case study indicates that the collaborative processes on the organizational and action levels were insufficiently connected, because of the lack of a strategy to integrate the outcomes of both processes. Moreover, underlying conflicting perspectives on collaborative maintenance, an economic perspective versus a perspective of collaboration with a platform of local nature organizations, obstructed effective collaborative governance aimed at maintaining multi-functional floodplains.

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Analytical framework: a simplification of the collaborative governance model (starting conditions, collaborative process and outcomes) combined with two levels of collaborative partnerships. The stakeholder’s lessons learned are presented by the broken circles and lines and refer to the three processes: (1) the Coordination Council, (2) the Stewardship, and (3) their interaction. Source: Figure 1 from Fliervoet et al (2017; https://doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2017.1295384)



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Fliervoet, J. M., van den Born, R. J. G., & Meijerink, S. V. (2017). A stakeholder’s evaluation of collaborative processes for maintaining multi-functional floodplains: a Dutch case study. International Journal of River Basin Management, 15(2), 175–186. https://doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2017.1295384

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  • Fliervoet, J. M., Van den Born, R. J. G., Smits, A. J. M., & Knippenberg, L. (2013). Combining safety and nature: A multi-stakeholder perspective on integrated floodplain management. Journal of Environmental Management, 128, 1033–1042. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.06.023
  • Warner, J. F., Fliervoet, J. M., & Smits, A. J. M. (2016). Towards a Joint Maintenance Approach for floodplain management in the Netherlands: tensions and possibilities. In The Challenges of Collaboration in Environmental Governance (pp. 290–314). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

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Management phase: Evaluation & Adjustment |

Management goals: Coordination & cooperation | Stakeholder participation |

Data-collection methods: Focus groups | Interviews | Questionnaires/ surveys |

Study areas: Waal river (NL) |

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From implementation towards maintenance: sustaining collaborative initiatives for integrated floodplain management in the Netherlands

06/07/2016 by Jan Fliervoet et al.

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