Framework for Analysing Institutional Capacity for Wetland Management: The Case of the Gemenc Floodplain

  • Hendrike CloutingEmail author
  • Wim Douven
  • Elena Ostrovskaya
  • Beata Pataki
  • Klaas Schwartz
Part of the Environmental Protection in the European Union book series (ENVPROTEC, volume 4)


Water is one of the most important natural resources in the context of adaptation to global climate change (GWP 2007). The changing global climate is leading to significant effects on the availability and allocation of water in most river basins. Water collection, filtration and storage in wetlands will play an increasingly important role to secure drinking water and fish supply, availability of water for irrigation and wastewater management or even flood protection. Wetlands provide important services for local communities (e.g. food, drinking water, wild products and raw materials for industry) and play an important role in water purification, flow regulation, and spreading of waterborne diseases. At the same time many wetlands are vulnerable to climate change, e.g. to changes in water allocation or nutrient loading. Junk (2002) and Zsuffa et al. (2008) predict that the increased droughts, water consumption and waste water production will result in further degradation of wetland ecosystems worldwide.


River Basin Adaptive Capacity Institutional Capacity River Basin Management Wetland Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hendrike Clouting
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wim Douven
    • 1
  • Elena Ostrovskaya
    • 2
  • Beata Pataki
    • 3
  • Klaas Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Integrated Water Systems and ManagementUNESCO-IHE Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Astrakhan Center for Hydrometeorology and Environmental MonitoringAstrakhanRussia
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Structural EngineeringUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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