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The "valley development initiative" of this case study aims at the study of a river valley, with emphasis on nature development and safety against flooding. The study involves:

  • Working out an integrated vision for the river valley, with an emphasis on nature and safety.

  • Contributing the required elements to work out a Strategic Nature Management Plan, for one part of the valley

  • Working out a Nature Development Project Plan, a formal legally binding instrument for a geographically restricted part of the valley.


Other issues under consideration are e.g.: recreation, agriculture, industry, hunting and angling, drinking water supply, (weekend) housing, etc.



Our primary goal was to document the collaborative process. We started conducting in-depth interviews with the leading actors of the Daily Follow up Committee and giving them some feedback on potential bottlenecks and contradictions. Then we interviewed a larger number of stakeholder representatives in the wider context of the study (e.g. hunters, local authorities, environmental group) and shared our appreciation with the Daily Follow up Committee. To round off our case study we had final interviews with members of the Daily Follow up Committee and stakeholder representatives to look back on the process. We looked also to interaction moments between different actors where 'things were happening' and participated in many meetings (participative observation), both formal and informal (10 observation reports). We also included relevant documents (e.g. progress reports, strategic notes on communication) written by the leading actors, and correspondence (printed and mails as data for our case study. We used the qualitative software program Atlas to organize the data. The case study was finalized with a workshop in which the main conclusions where discussed with some of the participants and external actors (see stakeholder workshop report).

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