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Seher, W; Loschner, L.
(2018): Balancing upstream-downstream interests in flood risk management: experiences from a catchment-based approach in Austria
J FLOOD RISK MANAG. 2018; 11(1): 56-65. FullText FullText_BOKU

River floods usually do not stop at administrative borders. The respective location of municipalities along a river creates different options and dependencies, commonly referred to as upstream-downstream relations. This regional dimension of flood risk calls for catchment-based approaches in flood risk management as advocated by the EU Flood Directive. In this article, we present and assess the case of an intermunicipal cooperation in Austria which aims to alleviate flood risk and coordinate planning activities based on a catchment approach. The authors apply an established model of water governance to characterise the governance features and to assess the governance qualities and governance capacities of the intermunicipal cooperation. Findings show that the selected case qualifies as a suitable governance instrument to address the main policy objectives. Existing functional ties, shared (flooding) experiences, and mutual trust mark key success factors, indicating that proximity - in its many different forms - is crucial to overcome power asymmetries and spatial misfits in catchment-based flood risk management. However, intermunicipal cooperation is weak when it comes to ensuring binding land use regulations, showing the need for a complementary use of governance arrangements and formal instruments of regional land use planning in flood risk management.
Autor/innen der BOKU Wien:
Löschner Lukas
Seher Walter
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intermunicipal cooperation
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