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Strategies to combine the functions of ecology and navigation in the Scheldt estuary
Smit, H.; Kop, R.; Westmacott, S. (1997). Strategies to combine the functions of ecology and navigation in the Scheldt estuary. Journal of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management 11(4): 251-256
In: Journal of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management: London. ISSN 1360-4015, more

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Keywords
    Ecology; Estuaries; Long-term planning; Models; Navigation; River basin management; Shipping; Transportation; Water management; Netherlands [Marine Regions]; Brackish water; Fresh water

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  • Smit, H.
  • Kop, R.
  • Westmacott, S.

Abstract
    During recent years, water management in The Netherlands has been broadening its scope by: (a) including aspects of economics, sociology and physical planning, and (b) introducing interactive policy making; this paper illustrates these developments using the Westerschelde estuary as an example. The Westerschelde strategy aims at optimizing the multi-national use of this estuary. The main functions are navigation and ecology and the paper shows how these functions can be combined. An interactive management model, the 'COSMO-Westerschelde' is described, which assists decision makers in comparing strategies for estuarine management under different scenarios.During recent years, water management in The Netherlands has been broadening its scope by: (a) including aspects of economics, sociology and physical planning, and (b) introducing interactive policy making; this paper illustrates these developments using the Westerschelde estuary as an example. The Westerschelde strategy aims at optimizing the multi-national use of this estuary. The main functions are navigation and ecology, and the paper shows how these functions can be combined. An interactive management model, the `COSMO-Westerschelde' is described, which assists decision makers in comparing strategies for estuarine management under different scenarios.

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