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Record number 503873
Title Stakeholder initiatives in flood risk management : exploring the role and impact of bottom-up initiatives in three ‘Room for the River’ projects in the Netherlands
Author(s) Edelenbos, Jurian; Buuren, Arwin Van; Roth, Dik; Winnubst, Madelinde
Source Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60 (2017)1. - ISSN 0964-0568 - p. 47 - 66.
Department(s) Sociology of Development and Change
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) citizen initiatives - flood management - governance - impact - stakeholders

In recent years stakeholder participation has become a popular topic in flood management. Little is known about how and under which circumstances local stakeholders initiate and develop successful flood management strategies and how governmental actors respond to them. Drawing on theories of social movements, stakeholder participation, and citizenship, this paper analyses how local stakeholder initiatives in the Dutch ‘Room for the River’ programme evolve and, in turn, influence such governmental plans and actions. The description and comparative analysis of the three cases leads to three conclusions: first, in all cases, forms of local self-organization play a role, but its impacts are highly dependent on the mix of strategies chosen. Second, forms of coproduction between local stakeholders and government actors are the most viable strategy to realize the positive impact of local initiatives. Third, government agencies tend to react to local initiatives defensively. Much depends on timing and connecting to the right people.

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