A flooded floodplain of the river Waal in 2012, which also functions as a nature reserve (Source: Jan Fliervoet).
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Insights and recommendations concerning collaborative interactions in Dutch floodplain maintenance, to help improve future collaborative initiatives.
Current collaborative interactions between governmental and non-governmental actors with regard to the maintenance of multi-functional Dutch floodplain are complex. The challenge is to get a better understanding of the barriers and opportunities, by looking further into actors’ view on themselves and each other (e.g. on motives, roles, responsibilities, collaboration type and desired results).
Key goals: Fundamental understanding
Study area: A) location of the 'Waalweelde' program in The Netherlands, B) the specific locations of the fifteen municipalities (light gray) including the floodplain area (dark gray). Source: Figure 1 from Fliervoet et al (2016)
Most studies look into technical aspects of integrated river basin management, much less have focused on the social processes that are needed to sustain effective and integrated collaboration in floodplain maintenance. This project dove into the underlying visions, frames and relationships among stakeholders.
For whom and where?
Policy makers, coordinators, advisors working in public /governmental organizations and consultancies in:
- Regions around the world where floodplain maintenance includes having multiple functions and (thereby) deal with multiple public and private actors;
- Dutch locations that where river interventions have been realized and are now turning to the maintenance phase.
Application and findings
- The analysis of the collaborations between flood protection and nature actors showed that both networks were heterogeneous and well-connected. Additionally, only a few ties existed between the flood protection group and the nature organizations.
- To solve the tension between a desire for multi-stakeholder participation and the fragmented reality, we suggest to follow a joint maintenance approach in the current collaborative processes to maintain Dutch floodplains.
- The use of interactive tools, that focus on understanding locally based frames and enhance shared responsibility, are recommended to accelerate and support collaborative processes.
Status for day-to-day practice
The insights and recommendations are to be taken into consideration to feed future discussion on collaborative floodplain maintenance.
Data-collection methods: Focus groups Interviews Questionnaires/ surveys
Key locations: Maas River (NL) Nederrijn-Lek River (NL) Waal River (NL)
These insights are to be used in other projects that need to start thinking about the maintenance phase of river-floodplain projects
Last modified: 19/02/2019
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Radboud University Nijmegen
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From implementation towards maintenance: sustaining collaborative initiatives for integrated floodplain management in the Netherlands
Analyzing Collaborative Governance Through Social Network Analysis: A Case Study of River Management Along the Waal River in The Netherlands
We charted the current interorganizational relationships between organizations involved in flood protection and nature management and explored the consequences of abolishing the central actor in these networks.
01/09/2015 by Jan Fliervoet et al.
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Contains: Dataset upon request
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Framing collaborative governance: Looking back and forward this PhD journey
12/03/2018 by Jan Fliervoet
First RiverCare PhD thesis. An interdisciplinary journey to understand the framing on the maintenance of Dutch floodplains.
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