From river management to river basin management: a water manager’s perspective

  • J. V. Witter
  • H. T. C. van Stokkom
  • G. Hendriksen
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 187)


Because of climate change and the need for sustainable water systems, water management has changed considerably in recent years, from river management to basin management. This change is illustrated for both the main Dutch river system and a small, representative regional water system in the Netherlands. This change results in four major challenges, (1) creating an effective regional administration which functions as a network authority, (2) increasing collaboration with other water managers, (3) increasing efficiency and achieving goals at minimum cost, and (4) communicating in an open manner with stakeholders. The article outlines the way in which water managers try to address these challenges. Special attention is given to the need for increased coordination between environmental policies and water policies.

Key words

network authority sustainable water systems stakeholder analysis environmental policy joint planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. V. Witter
    • 1
  • H. T. C. van Stokkom
    • 1
  • G. Hendriksen
    • 2
  1. 1.Brabantse Delta Water BoardBredaThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water ManagementArnhemThe Netherlands

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