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Key action 3

Case study in the Netherlands to explore the barriers and issues surrounding the implementation of climate change adaptation options

Image of guiding models and Polder floodTimescale: September 2007 - May 2008

A second case study will use a real-life scenario in the Netherlands to explore the barriers and issues surrounding the implementation of water storage at the local level by municipalities.

The Guiding Models, developed in Part I, were designed as a theoretical guide to aid the implementation of water storage at the local level together with other forms of land use. This tool provided innovative solutions and options for water management. Although it proved to be an extremely useful visualisation and communication tool for engaging with key stakeholders, there are still issues with delivering the proposed water management options on the ground.

For example, to improve the water system using the 'Guiding Models', it is necessary to incorporate the suggested water storage spaces into the spatial plans of municipalities. However, whilst some municipalities are incorporating the water storage options into their spatial plans, others are not.

This case study will explore the barriers and issues of incorporating climate change into spatial plans by the municipalities. It will also look at what can be done to overcome the barriers so that improvements can be made to the implementation of adaptation measures.

 

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