Assessing stakeholder perceptions of landscape and place in the context of a major river intervention: A call for their inclusion in adaptive management

Riyan J.G. Van Den Born*, Laura N.H. Verbrugge, Wessel Ganzevoort

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Adaptive management strategies are required to manage multi-actor and multifunctional river landscapes. Such strategies need to be inclusive of perspectives of different stakeholders. We present a case study of a pilot engineering project in the Dutch river Waal, which drastically changed the appearance of the river landscape. We study perceptions of four stakeholder groups (residents, recreational anglers, recreational boaters and shipping professionals) regarding the impacts of this intervention on landscape values, including aesthetics, naturalness, biodiversity, flood safety and accessibility. Results show that stakeholders differ in which functions of the river landscape they find important and how they perceive the longitudinal dams to influence the landscape. They also differ in levels of place attachment and trust in the responsible authority. Shipping professionals stand out for their more negative evaluations of the dams compared to the other stakeholders, while especially residents demonstrate high levels of place identity and connection with nature. Residents also feel that the dams are improving flood risk safety in the area, and they positively evaluate knowledge and skills of Dutch water managers. These results provide water managers with much needed insights into landscape functions valued by different stakeholder groups and those perceived as most endangered by landscape interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-36
Number of pages18
JournalWater policy
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Landscape values
  • Multifunctional river management
  • Place attachment
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Survey
  • Trust

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Assessing stakeholder perceptions of landscape and place in the context of a major river intervention: A call for their inclusion in adaptive management'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this