Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.04.048
Title: Planning practice in support of economically and environmentally sustainable roads in floodplains: The case of the Mekong delta floodplains
Authors: Douven, W.
Buurman, J. 
Keywords: Delta planning
Environmental assessment
Floodplains
Mekong River
Road planning
Issue Date: 5-Oct-2013
Citation: Douven, W., Buurman, J. (2013-10-05). Planning practice in support of economically and environmentally sustainable roads in floodplains: The case of the Mekong delta floodplains. Journal of Environmental Management 128 : 161-168. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.04.048
Abstract: Road development in relatively undisturbed floodplain systems, such as the floodplains of the Mekong River, will impact hydraulics and interrupt the natural flow of water. This affects the ecology and environment, and the livelihoods of people who depend on fishing and agriculture. On the other hand, floods can severely damage road infrastructure in years with large floods and can cause high annual maintenance costs. Improving road development practices in floodplains is a complex, multidimensional task involving hydraulic and geotechnical analysis, ecosystem analysis, socio-economic analysis, policy analysis, etc. This paper analyses the planning practice of road development and rehabilitation and how this practice can be improved in support of economically and environmentally sustainable roads in floodplains. It is concluded that although ample technical, planning and environmental assessment guidelines exist, guidelines need updating to address cumulative impacts at floodplain level and factors hampering the implementation in guidelines should be addressed in the guideline design (process). © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Journal of Environmental Management
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/126690
ISSN: 03014797
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.04.048
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