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Junier S.,Technical University of Delft | Borowski I.,Seeconsult GmbH | Bouleau G.,IRSTEA | Mostert E.,Technical University of Delft
Issues in Environmental Science and Technology | Year: 2010

In the i-Five project, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Germany, France and the Netherlands was studied, specifically in three sub-basins, with a focus on the main challenges for this implementation: institutional organisation, coordination between levels, scales and sectors, appropriation and the role of expertise. From the comparison of the experiences in the three case-studies, six lessons are derived to support the improvement of the WFD implementation process in the next planning cycle. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011. Source

Bradford R.A.,University College Dublin | O'Sullivan J.J.,University College Dublin | Van Der Craats I.M.,Antea Group | Krywkow J.,Seeconsult GmbH | And 7 more authors.
Natural Hazards and Earth System Science | Year: 2012

Public perception of flood risk and flood risk information is often overlooked when developing flood risk management plans. As scientists and the public at large perceive risk in very different ways, flood risk management strategies are known to have failed in the past due to this disconnect between authorities and the public. This paper uses a novel approach in exploring the role of public perception in developing flood risk communication strategies in Europe. Results are presented of extensive quantitative research of 1375 questionnaire responses from thirteen communities at risk across six European countries. The research forms part of two research projects funded under the 2nd ERA-Net CRUE Funding Initiative: URFlood and FREEMAN. Risk perception is conceptualised as a pillar of social resilience, representing an innovative approach to the issue. From this process recommendations are identified for improving flood risk management plans through public participation. © 2012 Author(s). CC Attribution 3.0 License. Source

Hare M.,Seeconsult GmbH
Environmental Policy and Governance | Year: 2011

This article serves as a support for those interested in learning more about participatory modelling and its potential for widespread adoption by resource managers. The first part introduces the reader to four basic forms of participatory modelling, identified by classifying nine example participatory modelling processes. The second part considers the potential widespread adoption of participatory modelling by resource managers in the water sector, concluding that this potential is low. It proposes recommendations as to how the potential for the adoption of participatory modelling by water managers can be increased. One of the most important recommendations is that policy-makers should focus on the promotion of forms of participatory modelling that support social learning and the development of conceptual models. These forms of participatory modelling are considered most likely to be adopted, especially if they can be promoted in terms of supporting learning cycles within an Adaptive Water Resources Management approach. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment. Source

Borowski I.,Seeconsult GmbH
Society and Natural Resources | Year: 2010

Since competing interests are an important challenge within sustainable river basin management, social learning is often featured in multistakeholder processes established to learn about and align differing interests. At the same time, multistakeholder processes are established as an element of formalized institutional settings, which often seem to impede social learning. In this article, I explore further potential to support social learning in river basin management based on a case study on the international Elbe River basin. The results of the study reveal that multistakeholder platforms are impeded due to their focus on differing interests. Representatives engage more readily in social learning with peers whom they do not perceive as their direct competitors. It is necessary to undertake capacity building for representatives prior to engaging in multistakeholder platforms. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Schelfaut K.,Antea Group | Schelfaut K.,Ghent University | Pannemans B.,Antea Group | van der Craats I.,Antea Group | And 3 more authors.
Environmental Science and Policy | Year: 2011

The recent shift in flood risk management concedes that floods cannot be prevented but the impacts on and vulnerability of the risk prone communities can be reduced. Beyond mere structural defence, an integrated risk management approach deploys a diversified set of measures that moderate the economic and social drivers of risk and improve risk governance. In this context, the concept of resilience gains on importance despite the many challenges that obstruct its implementation in management practice. This paper contributes to tackling these challenges and elaborates on opportunities and bottlenecks to bring resilience into practice based on a review of the flood risk management in three case studies in Europe: Flanders (Belgium), Niedersachsen (Germany) and Calabria (Italy). The paper summarizes insights gained on three components of resilience being - institutional interplay, flood management tools and risk communication. The work that has lead to this paper is done under the FREEMAN project (flood resilience enhancement and management), funded under the 2nd CRUE ERA-Net Funding Initiative. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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