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The Role of Local Stakeholder Participation in Flood Defence Decisions in the UK and Germany

Begg, C; Callsen, I; Kuhlicke, C; Kelman, I; (2018) The Role of Local Stakeholder Participation in Flood Defence Decisions in the UK and Germany. Journal of Flood Risk Management , 11 (2) pp. 180-190. 10.1111/jfr3.12305. Green open access

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Abstract

An important aspect of integrated flood risk management around the world is accepted as being the involvement of a range of stakeholders in flood-related decision-making processes. Achieving local stakeholder participation in ways that lead to the expected benefits is burdened by challenges and difficulties. By drawing on examples of practices of local stakeholder participation in flood risk management in two European countries, the United Kingdom and Germany, this paper aims to understand the extent to which local stakeholders are able to influence flood risk management. Empirically, the paper focuses on flood defence planning and implementation-related decisions as they still remain the dominant approach of managing flood risks in those locations. The findings from the two case studies show that involvement of local stakeholders in decisions related to flood defence schemes is limited and likely to lead to conflict and frustration as well as, potentially, a strengthening of inequalities. These lessons have implications for the United Kingdom and Germany as well as for other locations around the world.

Type: Article
Title: The Role of Local Stakeholder Participation in Flood Defence Decisions in the UK and Germany
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12305
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12305
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1554795
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