Spatial Water Management: Supporting Participatory Planning and Decision Making
€ 42,00
May 2006
ca. 220 pages
ISBN: 90-8594-006-0


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Spatial Water Management: Supporting Participatory Planning and Decision Making

By Hasse Goosen

Spatial Water Management introduces the reader to the new Dutch policy of water management, which combines conventional water engineering with a new policy which incorporates planning for flood areas. As this new policy has larger socio-economic implications and involves more stakes and stakeholders, leading to complex decision processes and requiring a balance between local interests and regional or national stakes.

Spatial Water Management addresses the constraints in water policy implementation and proposes a platform approach that strikes a balance between top-down regulation and bottom-up solutions. The book contributes to the understanding of how decision support tools can be used in the context of such a platform approach and presents a number of spatial evaluation tools that can be used to weigh the various stakes, leading to an interactive, flexible and user-friendly mediation through which commitment and active participation of all involved parties can be reached. Such an approach can create a balance between local interests, regional stakes, and long-term national objectives.

This book will be of interest to policy makers and researchers in water management. It will also be relevant for those studying and implementing spatial planning policy in complex environments.

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