Governance for Drought Resilience – Results of the DROP-Project published

Land and Water Drought Management in Europe

Berlin, Germany

The book "Governance for Drought Resilience" presents the findings of scientists and practitioners who collaborated on the project "Benefits of Governance in Drought Adaptation" (DROP). It aims to aid regional water authorities and other relevant stakeholders interested in governance assessment. Staff members from Ecologic Institute summarized regional studies; contributed to the cross-cutting perspective chapters on nature, agriculture, freshwater and introduced European drought and water scarcity policies.

The book: "Governance for Drought Resilience" presents the findings of a team of scientists and practitioners working on the project Benefits of Governance in Drought Adaptation (DROP), which is part of the European Union's INTERREG IVB NWE programme. The DROP governance team developed a Governance Assessment Tool (GAT), which allows to assess the governance setting of a given region with regards to drought planning and implementing drought adaptation measures. Based on this assessment, recommendations can be developed for regional water authorities concerning how to operate most effectively towards increasing drought resilience in their particular context.

The GAT has been applied to six regions in Northwest Europe: Twente and Salland in the Netherlands, Eifel-Rur 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 already been applied more broadly to a range of governance contexts for water management and beyond.

Staff members from Ecologic Institute led or contributed on six book chapters summarizing the regional studies. The chapter on Brittany focuses on governance setting in case of a dam and reservoir. The chapter on Eifel-Rur analyses the influence of historical water rights and very limited possibilities for action. In the case study to Flanders a regional, data- and science driven approach is described. Drought awareness through agricultural policy is focused on in the chapter on the Dutch region Salland. For the Dutch Twente region the paradox between fragmentation and coherence is discussed. An interesting case is also the British Somerset region which is shaped by extreme flood disasters and drought events. Ecologic Institutes contributed also to three cross-cutting perspective chapters on the three topics Nature, Agriculture and Freshwater. Furthermore, an introduction on European drought and water scarcity policies was compiled.

This book concentrates on governance conditions as a supportive or restrictive context for drought resilience management.”
Drought, governance, governance regime, climate change projections, agriculture, drinking water provision, nature, environment, adaptation, Interreg project, DROP, resilience, holistic approach, Governance Assessment Tool, Contextual Interaction Theory
Europe, Northwest European Regions

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