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Governance for Drought Resilience

Land and Water Drought Management in Europe

  • Outlines the use of a coherent and practical governance assessment tool (GAT) that clearly defines which concept of governance is used and presents many examples

  • Elaborates this concept of governance in a guide to assess the degree to which it as a context facilitates or hinders action

  • Provides a tool which can also be used outside the scope of drought resilience, or even water policy implementation

  • Explains the issue of drought resilience in mostly water-rich northern Europe, which has gained little attention in the past, even though the potential damages are very substantial

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Nanny Bressers, Hans Bressers, Corinne Larrue
    Pages 1-16Open Access
  3. European Drought and Water Scarcity Policies

    • Ulf Stein, Gül Özerol, Jenny Tröltzsch, Ruta Landgrebe, Anna Szendrenyi, Rodrigo Vidaurre
    Pages 17-43Open Access
  4. The Governance Assessment Tool and Its Use

    • Hans Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Stefan Kuks, Corinne Larrue
    Pages 45-65Open Access
  5. Eifel-Rur: Old Water Rights and Fixed Frameworks for Action

    • Rodrigo Vidaurre, Ulf Stein, Alison Browne, Maia Lordkipanidze, Carina Furusho, Antje Goedeking et al.
    Pages 67-82Open Access
  6. Governing for Drought and Water Scarcity in the Context of Flood Disaster Recovery: The Curious Case of Somerset, United Kingdom

    • Alison L. Browne, Steve Dury, Cheryl de Boer, Isabelle la Jeunesse, Ulf Stein
    Pages 83-107Open Access
  7. The Governance Context of Drought Policy and Pilot Measures for the Arzal Dam and Reservoir, Vilaine Catchment, Brittany, France

    • Isabelle La Jeunesse, Corinne Larrue, Carina Furusho, Maria-Helena Ramos, Alison Browne, Cheryl de Boer et al.
    Pages 109-138Open Access
  8. Flanders: Regional Organization of Water and Drought and Using Data as Driver for Change

    • Jenny Tröltzsch, Rodrigo Vidaurre, Hans Bressers, Alison Browne, Isabelle La Jeunesse, Maia Lordkipanidze et al.
    Pages 139-158Open Access
  9. Drought Awareness Through Agricultural Policy: Multi-level Action in Salland, The Netherlands

    • Gül Özerol, Jenny Troeltzsch, Corinne Larrue, Maia Lordkipanidze, Alison L. Browne, Cheryl de Boer et al.
    Pages 159-179Open Access
  10. The Fragmentation-Coherence Paradox in Twente

    • Hans Bressers, Koen Bleumink, Nanny Bressers, Alison Browne, Corinne Larrue, Susan Lijzenga et al.
    Pages 181-201Open Access
  11. Cross-cutting Perspective on Agriculture

    • Gül Özerol, Jenny Troeltzsch
    Pages 203-215Open Access
  12. Cross-cutting Perspective Freshwater

    • Carina Furusho, Rodrigo Vidaurre, Isabelle La Jeunesse, Maria-Helena Ramos
    Pages 217-230Open Access
  13. Cross-cutting Perspective on Nature

    • Hans Bressers, Ulf Stein
    Pages 231-244Open Access
  14. Towards a Drought Policy in North-West European Regions?

    • Corinne Larrue, Nanny Bressers, Hans Bressers
    Pages 245-256Open Access

About this book

This book presents the findings of a team of scientists and practitioners who have been working on the project “Benefits of Governance in Drought Adaptation” (in short: the DROP project), which is included in the European Union’s INTERREG IVB NWE programme. The DROP governance team developed a Governance Assessment Tool (GAT), which allows the governance setting of a given region for planning and realizing drought adaptation measures to be assessed. Based on this assessment, recommendations can be developed for regional water authorities concerning how to operate most effectively towards increased drought resilience in this context. The GAT has been applied to six regions in Northwest Europe: Twente and Salland in the Netherlands, Eifel-Ruhr in Germany, Brittany in France, Somerset in the United Kingdom, and Flanders in Belgium. These regions are subject to drought aspects related to nature, agriculture and freshwater.

 This book will aid regional water authorities and other relevant stakeholders interested in governance assessment, whether that context is about water, more specifically about drought or flooding events, or other environmental issues. Further, the GAT can and has also been applied more broadly to a range of governance contexts for water management and beyond.


  • Agriculture
  • Drought
  • Governance Assessment Tool
  • Nature
  • Water Policy
  • climate change
  • Climate change management

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

    Hans Bressers

  • Vechtstromen Water Authority, Almelo, The Netherlands

    Nanny Bressers

  • Val de Marne, Université Paris Est Créteil, Marne-la-Vallée, France

    Corinne Larrue

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Governance for Drought Resilience

  • Book Subtitle: Land and Water Drought Management in Europe

  • Editors: Hans Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Corinne Larrue

  • 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) 2016

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-29669-2Published: 23 May 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80621-1Published: 27 May 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-29671-5Published: 11 May 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 256

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Sciences, Climate Sciences, Water

Buying options

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