How multilevel societal learning processes facilitate transformative change: A comparative case study analysis on flood management

Pahl-Wostl C, Becker G, Knieper C, & Sendzimir J (2013). How multilevel societal learning processes facilitate transformative change: A comparative case study analysis on flood management. Ecology and Society 18 (4): no.58. DOI:10.5751/ES-05779-180458.

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Abstract

Sustainable resources management requires a major transformation of existing resource governance and management systems. These have evolved over a long time under an unsustainable management paradigm, e.g., the transformation from the traditionally prevailing technocratic flood protection toward the holistic integrated flood management approach. We analyzed such transformative changes using three case studies in Europe with a long history of severe flooding: the Hungarian Tisza and the German and Dutch Rhine. A framework based on societal learning and on an evolutionary understanding of societal change was applied to identify drivers and barriers for change. Results confirmed the importance of informal learning and actor networks and their connection to formal policy processes. Enhancing a society's capacity to adapt is a long-term process that evolves over decades, and in this case, was punctuated by disastrous flood events that promoted windows of opportunity for change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive management; Comparative analysis; Integrated flood protection; Rhine; Societal learning; Tisza; Transformative change; Water governance
Research Programs: Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Bibliographic Reference: Ecology and Society; 18(4):58 (December 2013)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 10:15
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10302

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