Delivering Change: Towards Fit-for-Purpose Governance of Adaptation to Flooding and Drought, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Delivering Change

Towards Fit-for-Purpose Governance of Adaptation to Flooding and Drought, 1st Edition

By Jeroen Rijke

CRC Press

246 pages

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Paperback: 9781138026339
pub: 2014-05-14
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This book addresses pressing challenges of policy makers, planners and project managers in the water sector to successfully implement adaptation action. Taking into account both strategic planning and implementation of adaptation projects, it provides principles and attributes that contribute to the effective delivery of adaptation to flooding and drought.

The book is organised around questions of ‘what?’, ‘when?’, ‘why?’ and ‘how?’. It explains that a governance approach to adaptation is effective when it is ‘fit-for-purpose’ in a specific social-ecological or socio-technical context. The concept of ‘fit-for-purpose’ governance is applied to evaluate the effectiveness of governance efforts in three Australian cities to adapt to a decade of drought.

Based on a case study of the Room for the River flood protection programme in the Netherlands, this book describes how planned adaptation projects in multi-stakeholder settings can be managed effectively and how large scale investment programmes can contribute to a transition of a water system that is adapting to a changed context.

The cases in Australia and the Netherlands are used to link governance for strategic planning and governance for the delivery of adaptation. Through combining insights about multi-level governance, adaptive governance, transition management, programme management this book enriches the scientific literature about adaptation to flooding and drought.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Fit-for-purpose governance: a framework to make adaptive governance operational
  3. Configuring transformative governance to enhance resilient urban water systems
  4. Room for the River: Delivering integrated river basin management in the Netherlands
  5. Adaptive programme management through a balanced performance/strategy oriented focus
  6. Governance for strategic planning and delivery of adaptation
  7. Synthesis

About the Author

Jeroen Rijke is a consultant at Triple Bridge and a researcher at UNESCO-IHE. His work focuses on assisting policy makers, planners and project managers with developing adaptive strategies and management approaches for sustainable infrastructure, mainly in the water sector. Jeroen is a civil engineer (TU Delft) who is trained in policy sciences (KTH, Monash University) and has worked across Europe, Australia and Africa.

His PhD focused on the governance of adaptation to flooding and drought (TU Delft and UNESCO-IHE). He has analysed governance responses to a decade of drought in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to provide building blocks for enhancing innovative urban stormwater management practices and establishing transitions towards ‘water sensitive cities’. In addition, he evaluated multi-level governance processes within the €2.2 billion Room for the River programme in the Netherlands to develop recommendations for Rijkswaterstaat and the Delta Programme to improve existing programme management practices and establish adaptive delta management.

Prior to his PhD research, Jeroen mainly focused on climate adaptation in urban areas. He was lead author of a State of the Art report about climate adaptation in urban areas that played an instrumental role in the programming of the research on this topic of the Dutch national Knowledge for Climate research programme. Also, he was involved in a national assessment of the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of Dutch cities to climate change that was conducted for the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

About the Series

IHE Delft PhD Thesis Series

IHE Delft PhD programme leads to a deepening of a field of specialisation. PhD fellows do scientific research, often with conclusions that directly influence their region. At IHE Delft, PhD researchers from around the world participate in problem-focused and solution-oriented research on development issues, resulting in an inspiring research environment. PhD fellows work together with other researchers from many countries dealing with topics related to water and the environment.

PhD research is often carried out in the ‘sandwich’ model. Preparation and final reporting – the first and last portion of the programme – are carried out in Delft, while actual research is done in the fellow’s home country, under co-supervision of a local institute. Regular contacts with the promotor are maintained through visits and long-distance communication. This enables researchers to employ solutions directly to problems in their geographical region.

IHE Delft PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a university. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognised in all parts of the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply