From Flood Protection to Flood Risk Management: Insights from the Rhine River in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Autor(en): Thomas, Fabian 
Knueppe, Kathrin 
Stichwörter: ADAPTIVE WATER MANAGEMENT; BASIN; CLIMATE; Engineering; Engineering, Civil; Flood risk management; FRAMEWORK; GOVERNANCE; Governance and management regime; NETWORK; Paradigm shift; REGIMES; RESOURCES; Rhine; Water Resources
Erscheinungsdatum: 2016
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Volumen: 30
Ausgabe: 8
Startseite: 2785
Seitenende: 2800
This article introduces an analytical framework to identify and structure paradigm shifts from flood protection towards flood risk management. The framework is divided into three levels of analysis: (i) the governance level, (ii) the institutional level, and (iii) the operational level. Each of these levels plays an important role during the development and operationalization of a paradigm shift. The framework allows scholars and practitioners to organize a large amount of data and information relating to such a shift in a given river basin. To illustrate the potential of the framework, it is applied to the case of the Lower Rhine in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The results demonstrate how the different levels interact with each other and which elements constitute a barrier or driver influencing a paradigm shift. While institutions developed at higher management levels support a paradigm shift, the overall dominance of technical flood protection measures at the operational level constitutes a barrier to integrated flood risk management. Furthermore, a lack of joint action and multi-level cooperation constitutes a barrier at the governance level.
ISSN: 09204741
DOI: 10.1007/s11269-016-1323-9

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