About the project
Over the past decades European river management has become quite dynamic and complex. In former days land use of the floodplains was mainly confined to agriculture, sand and clay mining, while traditional management measures were focused on levee construction, maintaining the water discharge capacity and optimizing the dimensions of the fairway. Nowadays, there are additional land use claims for nature restoration and recreation and an increasing number of societal stakeholders demand involvement and transparency in plan and decisionmaking. The situation has become even more complex since the paradigm shift in flood protection strategy (Room for the River ) and the international ambition to optimize and maintain the ecological functions of the European hydrosystems . These developments have prompted the (re-)introduction of self-regulating natural processes in river management. Instead of eliminating hydromorphodynamics present day river engineering is more focused on guiding dynamics.
The goal of this research project is twofold:
- Cost-efficient operation of floodplain management; Make floodplain maintenance more cost efficient by sustainable use of ecosystem Services (ES) provided by the fluvial hydrosystem.
- Co-creation; Identifying conditions and develop pathways for stakeholders to collaborate more effectively.
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