The impact of collaborative governance on the spatial quality of DFPP project areas: a mixed methods research
In 2017, the Dutch government revised the flood safety standards in The Netherlands, with the result that over 1500 kilometres of dikes need to be reinforced by 2050. To be able to complete this reinforcement, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management started an alliance, called the Dutch Flood Protection Programme (DFPP). The most important task of the DFPP is to ensure flood safety all over the Netherlands by making the dikes comply with the new safety standards. Besides that, a side ambition of the DFPP is to integrate the reinforcements with other functionalities in their project areas, what should lead to improved spatial quality of these areas. Based on previous water management projects, literature seems to agree that flood protection measures can be integrated with daily functionalities, ecological values and cultural aesthetics in the project area. However, little is known about how a collaborative governance process can contribute to the improvement of spatial quality. Therefore, this study aims to gain insight into the way that collaborative governance can have impact on spatial quality. To do so, both quantitative and qualitative methods are used in this research to gain multiple insights into the collaborative processes within the DFPP. To gain deeper insights into the topic, a case-study research on the DFPP project Grebbedijk was conducted. The results of the research showed that certain collaborative conditions can affect the spatial quality of DFPP project areas. It can be concluded that to improve the spatial quality of DFPP project areas, it is necessary to have clear leadership in the collaborative process and sufficient resources to implement the process and plan. In addition, the improvement of spatial quality should be an explicit objective of the cooperation process from the outset.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen