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Title: Social learning in multilevel flood risk governance: Lessons from the Dutch Room for the River Program
Authors: den Boer, J.
Dieperink, C.
Mukhtarov, F. 
Keywords: Integrated flood risk management
Multilevel governance
Room for the River program
Social learning
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: den Boer, J., Dieperink, C., Mukhtarov, F. (2019). Social learning in multilevel flood risk governance: Lessons from the Dutch Room for the River Program. Water (Switzerland) 11 (10) : 2032. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Although social learning is a key element of multilevel flood risk governance, it is hardly studied. This paper addresses this knowledge gap. The paper aims to identify enabling conditions for social learning in multilevel flood risks governance arrangements.We first conceptualize social learning and draw up a conceptual framework consisting of enabling conditions for social learning, using the literature on adaptive co-management, sustainable land and water management, and integrated flood risk management. Next, we apply this framework to analyze social learning in the context of the Dutch Room for the River program. Our interview results reveal that social learning about integrated flood protection measures took place at multiple levels. We found that a strong personal commitment to learning and mutual interpersonal trust in working groups are key conditions for successful social learning. Based on our analysis, we conclude with some recommendations for enhancing social learning processes in future flood protection programs. © 2019 by the authors.
Source Title: Water (Switzerland)
ISSN: 2073-4441
DOI: 10.3390/w11102032
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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