Assessing stakeholder perceptions of landscape and place in the context of a major river intervention : a call for their inclusion in adaptive management

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van den Born , R J G , Verbrugge , L & Ganzevoort , W 2020 , ' Assessing stakeholder perceptions of landscape and place in the context of a major river intervention : a call for their inclusion in adaptive management ' , Water policy , vol. 22 , no. 1 , pp. 19-36 . https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2019.073

Title: Assessing stakeholder perceptions of landscape and place in the context of a major river intervention : a call for their inclusion in adaptive management
Author: van den Born, Riyan J.G.; Verbrugge, Laura; Ganzevoort, Wessel
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2020-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Water policy
ISSN: 1366-7017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313868
Abstract: Adaptive management strategies are required to manage multi-actor and multifunctional river landscapes. Such strategies need to be inclusive of perspectives of different stakeholders. We present a case study of a pilot engineering project in the Dutch river Waal, which drastically changed the appearance of the river landscape. We study perceptions of four stakeholder groups (residents, recreational anglers, recreational boaters and shipping professionals) regarding the impacts of this intervention on landscape values, including aesthetics, naturalness, biodiversity, flood safety and accessibility. Results show that stakeholders differ in which functions of the river landscape they found important and how they perceive the longitudinal dams to influence the landscape. They also differ in levels of place attachment and trust in the responsible authority. Shipping professionals stood out for their more negative evaluations of the dams compared to the other stakeholders, while especially residents demonstrated high levels of place identity and connection with nature. Residents also feel that the dams are improving flood risk safety in the area, and they positively evaluate knowledge and skills of Dutch water managers. These results provide water managers with much needed insights into landscape functions valued by different stakeholder groups and those perceived as most endangered by landscape interventions.
Subject: 119 Other natural sciences
511 Economics
Landscape values
Multifunctional river management
Place attachment
Stakeholder participation
Survey
Trust
ENVIRONMENTAL-CONDITIONS
FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT
PUBLIC-PARTICIPATION
RESOURCE-MANAGEMENT
ATTACHMENT
GOVERNANCE
FRAMEWORK
COMMUNITY
TRUST
IMPLEMENTATION
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