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Shifting system boundaries in vision-building for river basin management
Verhallen, J.M.; Huygens, M.; Ruijgh-van der Ploeg, M. (2001). Shifting system boundaries in vision-building for river basin management, in: Schumann, A.H. et al. (Ed.) Regional management of water resources : proceedings of an international symposium (symposium S2) held during the sixth scientific assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) at Maastricht, The Netherlands, from 18 to 27 July 2001. IAHS-AISH publication, 268: pp. 155-162
In: Schumann, A.H. et al. (Ed.) (2001). Regional management of water resources : proceedings of an international symposium (symposium S2) held during the sixth scientific assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) at Maastricht, The Netherlands, from 18 to 27 July 2001. IAHS-AISH publication, 268. IAHS = AIHS: [s.l.]. , more
In: IAHS-AISH publication. International Association of Hydrological Sciences: Wallingford. ISSN 0144-7815, more

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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    vision building; stakeholders; river basin management; River Scheldt; shifting system boundaries; European Water Framework Directive

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  • Verhallen, J.M.
  • Huygens, M., more
  • Ruijgh-van der Ploeg, M.

Abstract
    The European Water Framework Directive poses new challenges to sovereign nations that share river basins. Upstream and downstream countries now must cooperate in developing long-term plans that address policy issues related to water management in the entire river basin. Vision building and strategic planning in (transboundary) river basins are presented as a means to overcome lack of common goals and fragmentation in planning and implementation. Systems analysis is a first step in planning. The definition of system boundaries cannot be limited to the watershed of the river: system boundaries must shift according to the policy issue concerned. These shifting boundaries, and their consequences for the selection and implementation of measures to improve water management, are presented in a student vision for the Scheldt river basin

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