Conditions for the successful combination of flood prevention and river restoration
Menzel, Susanne ;  Seidl, Irmi ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleConditions for the successful combination of flood prevention and river restoration
Subtitleextract from five examples in Switzerland
AuthorMenzel, Susanne
AuthorSeidl, Irmi
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages23 S.
Keywordscollaborative NRM; stakeholder participation; qualitative investigation; multi-purpose governance/management; multi-level governance
Classification (DDC)320 Political science
AbstractBased on the suggestion in the literature that conservation objectives should be linked
with local development objectives to successfully realise community-based conservation,
and little available knowledge about corresponding projects, we set off to deepen our
comprehension about how these projects work in the field. We investigate cases that were
from the outset framed as having two objectives; these cases are combined projects of
flood prevention and river restoration in Switzerland. Our aim was to better understand
the role of the multi-level governance setting for the success of these projects The
corresponding objective was to identify, what role legal regulations, administrative
conditions, available financial resources and other factors from different levels
(confederation, canton and municipalities) play for the realisation of these projects. We
investigated these projects by conducting personal interviews with project leaders and
stakeholders that participated in five collaborative planning processes; for each case we
interviewed at least five participants. We find that the difficulty to ‘gain space for the
river’ was the main stumbling block for the planning and implementation of these multipurpose
projects. Federal and cantonal regulations and requirements clearly shaped these
projects and the corresponding institutions exercised the possible control based upon
financial resources. Existing regulations turned out to be flexible instruments and
adaptable, when they had been hindering emerging and desirable practices in river
engineering. These regulations also permitted considerable autonomy to the local actors
to arrange and negotiate their concerns in the projects. This autonomy made it possible to
harness the ‘local social ingredients’ we identified as crucial to make these projects work,
which are convincing actors that make a case for conservation issues, existing trust within
the community –more specifically— to have good reasons to trust that nobody would be
disadvantaged clearly more than other, and the willingness of local actors to invest
patience and time to avoid conflict and to work on agreeable solutions.
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FU DepartmentProceedings of the Berlin Conferences on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Year of publication2010
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