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Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land

Disciplinary Perspectives on a Multidisciplinary Challenge

  • Bridges practice and academic debate by discussing specific cases through the lens of academic disciplines

  • Presents cases of nature-based flood risk management at different scales in various countries

  • Offers commentaries on each case study from different disciplinary angles

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. A Regional Flood Management in Austria

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 139-139
    2. Blauzone Rheintal: A Regional Planning Instrument for Future-Oriented Flood Management in a Dynamic Risk Environment

      • Lukas Löschner, Walter Seher, Ralf Nordbeck, Manfred Kopf
      Pages 141-154Open Access
  2. Dike Relocation in Germany

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 169-169
    2. Commentary: Dike Relocation from an Environmental Policy Perspective

      • Martijn F. van Staveren
      Pages 181-185Open Access
  3. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 219-219
    2. Conclusion

      • Thomas Hartmann, Lenka Slavíková, Simon McCarthy
      Pages 221-228Open Access

About this book

This open access book addresses the various disciplinary aspects of nature-based solutions in flood risk management on private land. In recent decades, water management has been moving towards nature-based solutions. These are assumed to be much more multi-purpose than traditional “grey infrastructures” and seem to be regarded as a panacea for many environmental issues. At the same time, such measures require more – and mostly privately owned – land and more diverse stakeholder involvement than traditional (grey) engineering approaches. They also present challenges related to different disciplines. Nature-based solutions for flood risk management not only require technical expertise, but also call for interdisciplinary insights from land-use planning, economics, property rights, sociology, landscape planning, ecology, hydrology, agriculture and other disciplines to address the challenges of implementing them. Ultimately, nature-based flood risk management is a multi-disciplinary endeavor.
Featuring numerous case studies of nature-based flood risk management accompanied by commentaries, this book presents brief academic reflections from two different disciplinary perspectives that critically highlight which specific aspects are of significance, and as such, underscore the multi-disciplinary nature of the challenges faced. 


  • Flood Risk Management
  • Property Rights
  • Land Policy
  • Water Management
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Open Access
  • landscape/regional and urban planning
  • climate change
  • water policy

Editors and Affiliations

  • Landscape and Spatial Planning, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen, The Netherlands

    Thomas Hartmann

  • Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

    Lenka Slavíková

  • Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, London, UK

    Simon McCarthy

About the editors

Thomas Hartmann is an Associate Professor at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His expertise and research interests are in the area land and water governance, with a focus on risk management of river floods; land policies and planning instruments; and planning theory, with a particularly aspects of justice and ethics in cities. Land and its management are a common theme running runs through the way Thomas Hartmann approaches these topics, since addressing land and its social construction via property rights helps to put new and innovative perspectives on many areas of planning and governance.

Lenka Slavikova is an institutional economist with a focus on environmental governance issues in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the Executive Director of research at the Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy (IEEP) at Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. In 2015, Lenka became an Associated Professor of Public Economics. She has published numerous papers on water and biodiversity governance, participation and market-based instrument implementation.

Simon McCarthy is a Senior Research fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University, London. His teaching and expertise in social research focuses on the role of both public and professional social contexts in decision making, communication of flood risk and uncertainty and approaches to participatory interaction in flood risk and water management. Simon is a member of the Thematic Advisory Group on flood and coastal erosion risk management research and development for England and Wales; Defra, Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land

  • Book Subtitle: Disciplinary Perspectives on a Multidisciplinary Challenge

  • Editors: Thomas Hartmann, Lenka Slavíková, Simon McCarthy

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-23841-4Published: 02 September 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-23844-5Published: 02 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-23842-1Published: 22 August 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 228

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Natural Hazards, Human Geography, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Water

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)