Emergent principles for river management

  • W. T. de Groot
  • H. J. R. Lenders
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 187)


Paradigms for land and water management are on the move. New approaches are said to be, or meant to be, more ‘participatory’, ‘integrated’, ‘adaptive’, ‘ecosystem-based’ and so on. The present paper explores emergent principles for land and water management in ecological management theory, environmental science and the social sciences. These principles comprise adaptive management, opportunity-driven analysis, visions of managers and the public, and co-management that includes local and supra-local rationality. The paper concludes that for river management, these principles largely reinforce each other. This lays a basis for a style of river management in which the river managers may continue to be the guardians of science-based and whole-basin rationality, while at the same time interacting more successfully with society.

Key words

river management adaptive management participation planning approach co-management communities visions of nature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. T. de Groot
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. J. R. Lenders
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre of Water and Society, Faculty of ScienceRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of Environmental SciencesLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Science, Institute of Wetland and Water ResearchFaculty of Science, Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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