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Record number 547996
Title How “wide green dikes” were reintroduced in The Netherlands: a case study of the uptake of an innovative measure in long-term strategic delta planning
Author(s) Loon-Steensma, Jantsje M. van; Vellinga, Pier
Source Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 62 (2019)9. - ISSN 0964-0568 - p. 1525 - 1544.
Department(s) WIMEK
Water Systems and Global Change
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Dutch Delta Program - innovation - long-term adaptation strategy - new actor coalitions
Abstract This article describes and analyzes the reintroduction of the “wide green dike” in the Netherlands. It is a noteworthy example of implementation of an innovation in long-term strategic delta planning. The Dutch Delta Program was central herein. Pursuing its ambition to make the Netherlands climate-proof, the Delta Program invited a diverse set of actors to participate in developing a long-term adaptation plan, and also to propose innovative short-term measures to help realize that plan. The wide green dike was actively promoted by a local water board, with involvement of scientists and nature conservation organizations. A stepwise participatory process resulted in national-level recognition of the potential of the wide green dike, particularly due to its “green” and “adaptability” characteristics. Alignment of flood protection and climate adaptation goals with nature conservation objectives, as well as collaboration with new actors, were all crucial in the reintroduction of this innovation.
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