Advertisement

Water Resources Management

, Volume 28, Issue 9, pp 2599–2613 | Cite as

Do We Need to Rethink Our Waterways? Values of Ageing Waterways in Current and Future Society

  • Arjan HijdraEmail author
  • Jos Arts
  • Johan Woltjer
Article

Abstract

In the past canals were developed, and some rivers were heavily altered, driven by the need for good transportation infrastructure. Major investments were made in navigation locks, weirs and artificial embankments, and many of these assets are now reaching the end of their technical lifetime. Since then the concept of integrated water resource management (IWRM) emerged as a concept to manage and develop water-bodies in general. Two pressing problems arise from these developments: (1) major reinvestment is needed in order to maintain the transportation function of these waterways, and (2), it is not clear how the implementation of the concept of IWRM can be brought into harmony with such reinvestment. This paper aims to illustrate the problems in capital-intensive parts of waterway systems, and argues for exploring value-driven solutions that rely on the inclusion of multiple values, thus solving both funding problems and stakeholder conflicts. The focus on value in cooperative strategies is key to defining viable implementation strategies for waterway projects.

Keywords

Waterways Ageing assets Value creation IWRM Inland navigation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to thank Ford Professor Lawrence Susskind of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his inspiring ideas, reflections and comments. Furthermore, the authors wish to credit Bas de Leeuw and Tjeerd Burger for assisting in the interview process. Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch agency responsible for the national highways, waterways and water system, sponsored the research.

References

  1. Alexander E (1992) A transaction cost theory of planning. J Am Plan Assoc 58(2):190–200. doi: 10.1080/01944369208975793 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Alexander E (2001) A transaction-cost theory of land use planning and development control: towards the institutional analysis of public planning. Town Plan Rev 72(1):45–75Google Scholar
  3. Axelrod R (1984) Coping with complexity : the adaptive value of changing utility. Am Econ Rev 74(1):30–42Google Scholar
  4. Biswas AK (2004) Integrated water resources management: a reassessment. Water Int 29(2):248–256CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Borgers H, Van der Heijden J (2011) Evenredig de ruimte, bestuurlijke ruimte in het afwegingskader van het omgevingsrecht op basis van evenredige belangenafweging. Eburon, Delft, p 110Google Scholar
  6. Butterworth J, Warner J, Moriarty P, Batchelor C (2010) Finding practical approaches to integrated water resources management. Water Altern 3(1):68–81Google Scholar
  7. Coase RH (1937) The nature of the firm. Economica 4(16):386–405CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Denning S (2005) Mastering the discipline of business narrative. Strateg Leadersh 33:1–9Google Scholar
  9. Evers F, Susskind L (2009) Het kan wel! Maurits Groen MGMC, HaarlemGoogle Scholar
  10. Filarski R (2014) Dutch history of waterways and inland navigation. (forthcoming, in Dutch)Google Scholar
  11. Filarski R, Mom G (2008) Van Transport naar Mobiliteit (in Dutch). Walburg pers, ZutphenGoogle Scholar
  12. Gargiulo TL (2006) Power of stories. J Qual Particip 29(1)Google Scholar
  13. Holling CS (2001) Understanding the complexity of economic, ecological, and social systems. Ecosystems 4(5):390–405. doi: 10.1007/s10021-001-0101-5 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Jeffrey P, Gearey M (2006) Integrated water resources management: lost on the road from ambition to realisation ? Water Sci Technol 53(1):1–8. doi: 10.2166/wst.2006.001 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Jønch-Clausen T (2004) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and water efficiency plans by 2005. Why, what and how? Global Water Partnership, pp. 1–45Google Scholar
  16. Kabat P, van Vierssen W, Veraart J, Vellinga P, Aerts J (2005) Climate proofing the Netherlands. Nature 438(7066):283–4. doi: 10.1038/438283a CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Lax D, Sebenius JK (1986) The manager as negotiator: bargaining for cooperation and competitive gain. Free Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  18. Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat (2005) Betrouwbaar op de Vaarweg. Policy Document, p. 45Google Scholar
  19. Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (2012) Deltaprogramma 2013, Bijlage H, Vervangingsopgave Natte Kunstwerken. ReportGoogle Scholar
  20. Mount D, Bielak A (2011) Deep words, shallow words: an initial analysis of water discourse in four decades of un declarations. UNU-INWEH, Hamilton, 39 pgGoogle Scholar
  21. Pahl-Wostl C (2007) Transitions towards adaptive management of water facing climate and global change. Water Resour Manag 21(1):49–62. doi: 10.1007/s11269-006-9040-4 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Pahl-Wostl C, Jeffrey P, Isendahl N, Brugnach M (2010) Maturing the new water management paradigm: progressing from aspiration to practice. Water Resour Manag 25(3):837–856. doi: 10.1007/s11269-010-9729-2 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Policy Research (2006) Vervoerskosten binnenvaart. ReportGoogle Scholar
  24. Raiffa H (1982) The art and science of negotiation. Harvard University Press, CambridgeGoogle Scholar
  25. Rijkswaterstaat (2011) Richtlijn Vaarwegen. Official Dutch GuidelinesGoogle Scholar
  26. Rogers CDF, Bouch CJ, Williams S et al (2012) Resistance and resilience of critical local infrastructure. P I Civil Eng 165(2):73–83Google Scholar
  27. Susskind L, McKearnan S, Thomas-Larmer J (1999) The consensus building handbook, a comprehensive guide to reaching agreement. Sage Publishers, Thousand OaksGoogle Scholar
  28. Thorp JH, Flotemersch JE, Delong MD, Casper AF, Thoms MC, Ballantyne F, Haase CS (2010) Linking ecosystem services, rehabilitation, and river hydrogeomorphology. Bioscience 60(1):67–74. doi: 10.1525/bio.2010.60.1.11 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. United Nations (2010) Climate change adaptation, the pivotal role of water. United Nations Policy BriefGoogle Scholar
  30. van der Brugge R, Rotmans J (2007) Towards transition management of European water resources. Water Resour Manag 21:249–267CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Van Dorsser JCM, Wolters M, van Wee B (2012) A very long term forecast for the port throughput in the le-Havre – Hamburg range up to 2100. Eur J Transp Infr R 12(1):88–110Google Scholar
  32. UN Water, Global Water Partnership (2007) UN-Water and Global Partnership (GWP) Roadmapping for Advancing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Processes. ReportGoogle Scholar
  33. Williamson O (1979) Transaction-cost economics: the governance of contractual relations. J Law Econ 22(2):233–261CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Williamson O (1998) Transaction cost economics: how it works; where it is headed. De Economist 146(1):23–58CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Woltjer J, Al N (2007) Integrating water management and spatial planning. J Am Plann Assoc 73(2):211–222. doi: 10.1080/01944360708976154 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  36. World Bank (2009) Strategic environmental assessment: improving water resources governance and decision making main report. ReportGoogle Scholar
  37. World Bank (2010) Development and Climate Change. ReportGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RijkswaterstaatUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Spatial SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations