A society that intensifies and expands the use of land and water in urban areas needs to search for solutions to manage the frontiers between these two essential elements for urban living. Sustainable governance of land and water is one of the major challenges of our times. Managing retention areas for floods and droughts, designing resilient urban waterfronts, implementing floating homes, or managing wastewater in shrinking cities are just a few examples where spatial planning steps into the governance arena of water management and vice versa. However, water management and spatial planning pursue different modes of governance, and therefore the frontiers between the two disciplines require developing approaches for setting up governance schemes for sustainable cities of the future. What are the particularities of the governance of land and water? What is the role of regional and local spatial planning? What institutional barriers may arise? This book focuses on questions such as these, and covers groundwater governance, water supply and wastewater treatment, urban riverscapes, urban flooding, flood risk management, and concepts of resilience. The project resulted from a Summer School by the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) organized by the editors at Utrecht University in 2013.
This book was published as a special issue of Water International.
1. Frontiers of land and water governance in urban regions Thomas Hartmann and Tejo Spit
2. Groundwater governance and spatial planning challenges: examining sustainability and participation on the ground Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada
3. Impact of short-rotation coppice on water and land resources Jens Hartwich, Jens Bölscher and Achim Schulte
4. Regional governance vis-a-vis water supply and wastewater disposal: research and applied science in two disconnected fields Martin Schmidt
5. Managing urban riverscapes: towards a cultural perspective of land and water governance Meike Levin-Keitel
6. The governance dilemma in the Flanders coastal region between integrated water managers and spatial planners Karel Van den Berghe and Renaat De Sutter
7. A co-evolving frontier between land and water: dilemmas of flexibility versus robustness in flood risk management Barbara Tempels and Thomas Hartmann
8. Urban planning lock-in: implications for the realization of adaptive options towards climate change risks Karen Hetz and Antje Bruns
9. Land and water governance on the shores of the Laurentian Great Lakes Richard K. Norton and Guy A. Meadows
Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.