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H3) Floodplain management and valorization

Start: 05/2015
End: 05/2019
Status: Active

Contact details

Astrid Bout

Radboud University Nijmegen

Societal stakeholders in river management. (Source: Rijkswaterstaat beeldbank)

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Project output

Optimizing public procurement for river maintenance and utilizing ecosystem services


Over the past decades Dutch river management has become quite dynamic and complex. On the one hand projects like Room for the River and the European Water Framework Directive made the river system more natural and dynamic. On the other hand, there are fierce organizational challenges with an ever growing pressure to become more efficient, market oriented, transparent and collaborative.

All these developments urges organizations which are involved in river and floodplain management to explore new, creative pathways resulting in a management strategy that is based on public-private partnerships and a more cost-efficient maintenance program. This can be achieved by austerity and efficiency but also by finding ways to gain revenues from the river area with technical and social innovations and utilizing ecosystem services. We explore ways in which public-private partnerships can ensure a more cost-efficient maintenance of river floodplain while still complying with the societal needs.

Key goals: Fundamental understanding Integrated management

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Innovative components

  • Policy review referring to the program Self Supporting River System (SSRS) in the Dutch Rhine delta. The SSRS program actively seeks different types of relationships and rules within the Water sector to address the societal challenges that are summarized by the increasing mismatch between the (present) static approach of river maintenance in a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Analysis of the current practice of biomass utilization in river management regarding the organisations ambitions and conditions in collaboration with the project H2.
  • Case study research of one of the main projects of the SSRS program which is about “Learning space IJsseldelta- Twentekanalen”. This case-study will be done by preforming a thought-experiment and game simulation. Focus is on market orientation, risk-sharing, public-private partnerships, innovation.

For whom and where?

Governmental organizations working on public procurement and looking for more cost-efficient river and floodplain maintenance

Data-collection methods: Focus groups Interviews Policy analysis

Temporal scale: 1-10years 10-50 years

Application and findings

  • First insights on the Self Supporting River System (SSRS) program highlight the main goal of making and keeping the river management affordable, reliable and sustainable in a socially desirable way. The financial ambition of SSRS is a 40% cut on their spending on river maintenance by 2021 (Rijkswaterstaat, 2011).
  • The starting point of the Learning Space is to offer possibilities to cooperate on an equal level in the golden triangle of businesses, researchers and government. This way cooperation could facilitate the proposing and the joint development of innovative ideas.

Status for day-to-day practice

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Spatial scale: Floodplain River section

Key locations: Waal River (NL)

Next steps

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Last modified: 30/01/2019

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Main researcher

Astrid Bout

Radboud University Nijmegen

Supervisory team

Prof.dr. Toine Smits

Radboud University Nijmegen

Prof. dr. Erwin van der Krabben

Radboud University Nijmegen

Contributing partners

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Project outputs

Residual biomass from Dutch riverine areas – from waste to ecosystem service

Water managers can stimulate the sustainable use of residual biomass with new tendering procedures.

18/01/2018 by Swinda Pfau et al.

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