The governance dilemma in the Flanders coastal region between integrated water managers and spatial planners

Karel Van den Berghe, Renaat De Sutter

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A society that intensifies and expands the use of land and water in urban areas needs to search for solutions to manage the frontiers between these two essential elements for urban living. Sustainable governance of land and water is one of the major challenges of our times. Managing retention areas for floods and droughts, designing resilient urban waterfronts, implementing floating homes, or managing wastewater in shrinking cities are just a few examples where spatial planning steps into the governance arena of water management and vice versa. However, water management and spatial planning pursue different modes of governance, and therefore the frontiers between the two disciplines require developing approaches for setting up governance schemes for sustainable cities of the future. What are the particularities of the governance of land and water? What is the role of regional and local spatial planning? What institutional barriers may arise? This book focuses on questions such as these, and covers groundwater governance, water supply and wastewater treatment, urban riverscapes, urban flooding, flood risk management, and concepts of resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers of land and water governance in urban regions
EditorsThomas Hartmann, Tejo Spit
Place of PublicationLondon (UK)
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781138911154
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance


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