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H4) RiverCare export potential

Start: 10/2015
End: 12/2019
Status: Active

Contact details

Nick Leung

Radboud University Nijmegen

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Project output

Insights in (potential) practical use of Rivercare output internationally.


There is a long history and culture in the management of water and related societal needs in the Netherlands. We are internationally known for our knowledge, experience and innovative measures for flood protection. But what we increasingly see and start more and more to accept, is that we might be reaching the limits of our control and use of the river system. A shift needs to occur towards more self-sustaining rivers, that can still serve multiple functions. The output from the Rivercare program adds to that understanding and gives insights, methods and tools to help in realizing that paradigm shift. The challenge is to have more recognition and governments abroad acknowledging that. Some of our output can be of use in that transition and we try to disseminate and apply it where possible. It will further strengthen our international position in the water sector.

Key goals: Collaborative Governance

Overview of the innovative components, including data on the water Export Index 2018 of the Netherlands. (Source: Panteia)

Innovative components

This project aims to look deeper into the aspect of utilization of research output, where many project alike spent little effort on this. By developing tools to assess the readiness for practical use, to assess international relevance and interest and by compiling guidelines to help improve the export of knowledge.


For whom and where?

Policy makers, coordinators, advisors working in public /governmental organizations and consultancies in:

  • Regions around the world with (low-lying) multi-functional river systems and where there is ambition for more sustainable use of the river

Data-collection methods: Interviews

Temporal scale: 1-10years Project duration

Application and findings

This section will be available as soon as possible.


Status for day-to-day practice

The insights from this project gives an indication of export potential and helps in selecting international regions to focus further attention on, with regards to following up/ applying Rivercare output.

These are the key locations where International RiverCare partners are located (Germany and USA). We would like to explore opportunities to apply insights, methods and prototype tools abroad.

Spatial scale: River section

Key locations: Abroad Netherlands (NL)

Next steps

Follow up on international interest gathered from 2019 survey and connections made for example at the Final Symposium in June 2019. Further attention also needed in the knowledge transfer to current Rivercare users, who can act as knowledge exporters.

Last updated: 19/06/2019

Explore the contact details to get to know more about the researchers, the supervisory team and the organizations that contribute to this project.

Main researcher

Nick Leung

Radboud University Nijmegen

Supervisory team

dr. Gertjan Geerling

Radboud University Nijmegen

Prof.dr. Toine Smits

Radboud University Nijmegen

Contributing partners

As soon as available, explore the storyline to get to know more about the main methods or prototype tools that were developed within this project.

Explore the output details for available publications to get a glance of the innovative components and implications to practice as well as the links to supporting datasets.

Publications list

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Cortes Arevalo, V. J., den Haan, R-J. J., Berends, K. D., Leung, N., Augustijn, D. C. M., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2017). RiverCare communication strategy for reaching beyond. Poster session presented at EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria.

Take a look to the dissemination efforts and application experiences which are available in the news items and blogs.


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