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 6: Building a New River 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


Hans Bressers, Simone Hanegraaff and Kris Lulofs 6.1 INTRODUCTION On 1 July 2004 the construction of a new stream, 13 km in length in the Dutch province of Overijssel commenced. This was a long-cherished dream of the regional water authority: the stream would help prevent flooding and droughts and would contribute to maintaining and even improving water quality in the system of streams in the countryside, which the new stream would separate from the urban system. The land was originally agricultural or was in private hands, but project developers were active. Constructing the stream thus necessitated changes to the provincial and local authority plans, the operational plans of the railway management company (a railway had to be crossed) and the natural gas authority (pipelines involved), the project developers’ plans and those of the landowners. Moreover, the water authority would be neither able nor willing to bear the 40 million euros cost of the project. Obviously, therefore, a lot of boundary spanning was involved before the water authority could build the Breakthrough, which is why the project is such an excellent case study in this volume. Just as in Chapter 5, this chapter will follow quite closely the framework for analysis of boundary spanning and boundary judgements as stipulated in Chapter 2. In Section 6.2 the storyline of the Breakthrough is told. In Section 6.3 we will explain the course of various phases of the process from the characteristics of the actors involved. In Section 6.4 the boundary issues will be...

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