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Shifting public-private responsibilities in Flemish flood risk management : towards a co-evolutionary approach

Hannelore Mees, Barbara Tempels UGent, Ann Crabbé and Luuk Boelens UGent (2016) LAND USE POLICY. 57. p.23-33
abstract
Similar to several other countries in Europe, a policy debate has emerged in Flanders (Belgium) arguing that flood risks should no longer be tackled by water managers alone but should become a shared responsibility between water managers, other governmental actors and citizens. Hence, a form of ‘co-production’ is advocated, whereby both governmental and non-governmental actors participate in bringing flood risk management into practice. This new approach represents a remarkable break with the past, since flood management in Flanders is traditionally based on flood probability reduction through engineering practices. The intended shift in private-public responsibilities can thus be expected to challenge the existing flood policy arrangement. Based on quantitative and qualitative research, this paper compares the attitudes towards individual responsibilities in flood protection among public officials and residents of flood-affected areas in the flood-prone basin of the river Dender. We find that whereas most public officials are in favour of sharing flood risk responsibilities between authorities and citizens, the majority of residents consider flood protection as an almost exclusive government responsibility. We discuss the challenges this discourse gap presents for the pursuit of a co-produced flood risk management and how these can be addressed. It is argued that a policy of co-production should embrace a co-evolutionary approach in which input, output and throughput legitimacy become intertwined.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
flood risk management, public-private responsibilities, co-production, co-evolution, PROTECTION, ENGAGEMENT, DILEMMAS, SERVICES, LAND
journal title
LAND USE POLICY
volume
57
pages
23 - 33
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000382341200003
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
JCR impact factor
3.089 (2016)
JCR rank
15/105 (2016)
JCR quartile
1 (2016)
ISSN
0264-8377
DOI
10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.05.012
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
7225592
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7225592
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837716301636
date created
2016-05-25 09:22:12
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2017-02-16 11:42:09
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  author       = {Mees, Hannelore and Tempels, Barbara and Crabb{\'e}, Ann and Boelens, Luuk},
  issn         = {0264-8377},
  journal      = {LAND USE POLICY},
  keyword      = {flood risk management,public-private responsibilities,co-production,co-evolution,PROTECTION,ENGAGEMENT,DILEMMAS,SERVICES,LAND},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {23--33},
  title        = {Shifting public-private responsibilities in Flemish flood risk management : towards a co-evolutionary approach},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.05.012},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2016},
}

Chicago
Mees, Hannelore, Barbara Tempels, Ann Crabbé, and Luuk Boelens. 2016. “Shifting Public-private Responsibilities in Flemish Flood Risk Management : Towards a Co-evolutionary Approach.” Land Use Policy 57: 23–33.
APA
Mees, H., Tempels, B., Crabbé, A., & Boelens, L. (2016). Shifting public-private responsibilities in Flemish flood risk management : towards a co-evolutionary approach. LAND USE POLICY, 57, 23–33.
Vancouver
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Mees H, Tempels B, Crabbé A, Boelens L. Shifting public-private responsibilities in Flemish flood risk management : towards a co-evolutionary approach. LAND USE POLICY. 2016;57:23–33.
MLA
Mees, Hannelore, Barbara Tempels, Ann Crabbé, et al. “Shifting Public-private Responsibilities in Flemish Flood Risk Management : Towards a Co-evolutionary Approach.” LAND USE POLICY 57 (2016): 23–33. Print.