Governance and Complexity in Water Management

Governance and Complexity in Water Management

Creating Cooperation through Boundary Spanning Strategies

Edited by Hans Bressers and Kris Lulofs

The premise of this book is that careful reconsideration of strategies to achieve water management ambitions, together with more in-depth knowledge on the theories and practices of boundary spanning, could bring solutions for contemporary water problems within reach.

Chapter 5: Space for Water and Boundary Spanning Governance

Hans Bressers, Simone Hanegraaff and Kris Lulofs

Subjects: environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, management natural resources, water, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy

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Hans Bressers, Simone Hanegraaff and Kris Lulofs 5.1 INTRODUCTION Contemporary climate change leads to irregularities in rainfall and river levels. Protection against river floods has become more and more difficult. In order to prevent the excessive costs – and sometimes even impossibilities – of continuously strengthening dikes for very rare peak levels, a new policy has been developed. This policy lowers top peak river levels by enabling controlled inundation of areas that are physically prepared for that function. This includes means to protect inhabitants, their houses and cattle if inundation is effectuated. The case analyzed in this chapter concerns an area that represents one of the first Dutch official and inhabited retention areas of contemporary water management. The initial case description originated from an extensive evaluation study on this case, commissioned by the involved water authority (Lulofs, 2003). The tributary river that is relevant in this case study flows from its German origins into the IJssel Lake in the centre of the Netherlands, just after being merely connected to – not even flowing into – the river IJssel, one of the branches of the Rhine. The location is in the east of the Netherlands, part of the sub-catchment area of Rhine-east, as defined for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. The river is called the Vecht. This chapter follows the issues of attention as stipulated in Chapter 2. In Section 5.2 the case history will be told and the various linkages between the initial water management purpose and other purposes will be...

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