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Public Participation in the Elbe Basin

Public Participation in the Elbe Basin

Case study report produced under Work Package 5

Ecologic Institute supported the Institute for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück in conducting a real-time case study in the Elbe basin. The main research focus of this study was the interplay of authorities and the various interest groups. The study [pdf, 2.7 MB, English] is available for download.


Citation

Borowski, Ilke; Nicole Kranz; Eleftheria Kampa and Antje Vorwerk 2004: Public Participation in the Elbe Basin. Case study report pruduced under Work Package 5 of the HarmoniCOP project. Institute for Environmental Systems Research - University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück.

Language
English
Author(s)
Ilke Borowski
Year
2004
Dimension
50 pp.
Project ID
1975
Table of Contents

Executive Summary / Main Findings
1 Introduction and Approach
2 Context
2.1 Environmental context
2.2 Institutional context
2.3 Socio-economic political context
3 Description of the PP process – three spotlights on the Elbe basin
3.1 Activities / Phases
3.2 IC Tools
3.3 Outcomes
3.4 Feedback
4 Analysis of the Process
4.1 Framing/reframing
4.2 Basic role of assumptions / definition of roles
4.3 Boundary management
4.4 Evolution of interests, functions and strategies
4.5 Critical events (turning points) analysis
4.6 Mechanisms that foster Social Learning
4.7 Barriers to Social Learning
4.8 Specific role of IC Tools
5 General Reflections
5.1 Theoretical framework
5.2 Case study results
5.3 Generalization potential
6 References
Annex 1 Main water uses in the Elbe basin
Annex 2 Stakeholder groups in the Elbe basins besides the competent water authorities
Annex 3 5: Description of Sub-cases
Annex 3 : 1st Sub-case: How to involve the public at strategical levels? (by Ilke Borowski,
Institute for Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrueck)
Annex 4 2nd Sub-case: The Unstrut Leine Forum in Thuringia (by Ilke Borowski, Institute
for Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrueck)
Annex 5: 3rd Sub-case: Brandenburg on its way to public participation (by Nicole Kranz und Eleftheria Kampa (Ecologic - Institute for International and European Environmental Policy)

Keywords
implementation, Water Framework Directive, public participation, river basin management, water management, Europe