Do We Need to Rethink Our Waterways? Values of Ageing Waterways in Current and Future Society

Arjan Hijdra*, Jos Arts, Johan Woltjer

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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In the past canals were developed, and some rivers were heavily altered, driven by the need for good transportation infrastructure. Major investments were made in navigation locks, weirs and artificial embankments, and many of these assets are now reaching the end of their technical lifetime. Since then the concept of integrated water resource management (IWRM) emerged as a concept to manage and develop water-bodies in general. Two pressing problems arise from these developments: (1) major reinvestment is needed in order to maintain the transportation function of these waterways, and (2), it is not clear how the implementation of the concept of IWRM can be brought into harmony with such reinvestment. This paper aims to illustrate the problems in capital-intensive parts of waterway systems, and argues for exploring value-driven solutions that rely on the inclusion of multiple values, thus solving both funding problems and stakeholder conflicts. The focus on value in cooperative strategies is key to defining viable implementation strategies for waterway projects.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)2599-2613
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftWater Resources Management
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusPublished - jul-2014

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