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Record number 409315
Title Exploring the relationship between public environmental ethics and river flood policies in western Europe
Author(s) Groot, M. de
Source Journal of Environmental Management 93 (2012)1. - ISSN 0301-4797 - p. 1 - 9.
Department(s) CL - The Human Factor
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) water management - netherlands - paradigm - scale - restoration - community - attitudes - usa
Abstract Two styles of river flood management can be distinguished: dike reinforcement and the more sustainable ‘Room for River’ option. This paper investigates public adherences to these two management styles and whether their adherence correlates with their Visions of Nature. The focus is especially on people’s image of the appropriate human/nature relationship, i.e. Mastery over nature, Stewardship of nature, Partnership of nature or Participation in nature. Other variables that are part of the analysis are the respondents’ sense of place, safety perception and background variables. The results of a written survey among riverside residents in France, Germany and the Netherlands (N = 1811) show high adherences to the Room for River style and a rejection of dike reinforcement. A regression analysis shows that adherence to the Room for River style correlates with adherence to the image of Stewardship, while adherence to dike reinforcement is predicted by Mastery over nature. Thus, according to the public a policy shift from dike reinforcement to a more sustainable style is seen as a fundamental one, connected to a change in environmental ethics.
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