Knowledge and perceptions in participatory policy processes: Lessons from the Dutch Delta

Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Saskia Hommes, Henriëtte S. Otter, Geiske Bouma

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Abstract

Water management problems are often complex and unstructured, because knowledge is uncertain and stakeholders’ perceptions diverge. Dealing with these problems requires that stakeholders first reach an agreement about a valid problem-solution formulation. The initiation of an interactive or participatory process may contribute to this process of problem structuring. To get insight in problem structuring, we investigated a case study in the Dutch Delta. The case study shows that strategic and cognitive learning and two different types of knowledge – scientific and stakeholder knowledge – contribute to the development of an agreement about a valid formulation of a problem and its solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNCR-days 2007
Subtitle of host publicationa sustainable river system?!, November 15–16
EditorsA.G. van Os
PublisherNetherlands Centre for River Studies
Pages52-53
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2007
EventNCR Days 2007: a sustainable river system?! - Oosterbeek, Netherlands
Duration: 15 Nov 200716 Nov 2007

Publication series

NameNCR publication
PublisherNetherlands Centre for River Studies
Number32-2007
ISSN (Print)1568-234X

Conference

ConferenceNCR Days 2007
CountryNetherlands
CityOosterbeek
Period15/11/0716/11/07

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