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Understanding and Managing the Westerschelde – Synchronizing the Physical System and the Management System of a Complex Estuary : Volume 14, Issue 11 (16/11/2010)

By Van Buuren, A.

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Title: Understanding and Managing the Westerschelde – Synchronizing the Physical System and the Management System of a Complex Estuary : Volume 14, Issue 11 (16/11/2010)  
Author: Van Buuren, A.
Volume: Vol. 14, Issue 11
Language: English
Subject: Science, Hydrology, Earth
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Gerrits, L., Teisman, G. R., & Buuren, A. V. (2010). Understanding and Managing the Westerschelde – Synchronizing the Physical System and the Management System of a Complex Estuary : Volume 14, Issue 11 (16/11/2010). Retrieved from

Description: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Public Administration, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This article analyzes the relationship between the processes of policy making, management and research and the way in which the Westerschelde estuary developed between 1985 and 2006. The Westerschelde has three core functions: economically: it makes the port of Antwerp accessible; ecologically: it generates habitats for certain unique species; and in terms of safety: its morphology helps preventing the hinterland from being flooded. We analyze how the processes of policymaking, management and analysis focused on these three aspects, and how they in turn affected the physical system of the Westerschelde.

We proceed to develop a framework for evaluating the policy making, management and esearch and how this impacts the Westerschelde. We apply this framework to twenty years of policy making on, management of, and research about the Westerschelde. We conclude that policy, management and research, due to learning effects, take the dynamics of the Westerschelde into account to a greater extent than they have in the past, but there exist a real probability for old routines to return.

Understanding and managing the Westerschelde – synchronizing the physical system and the management system of a complex estuary

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