Evolving interregional co-operation in flood risk management: distances and types of partnership approaches in Austria

Thaler, Thomas, Priest, Sally J. and Fuchs, Sven (2016) Evolving interregional co-operation in flood risk management: distances and types of partnership approaches in Austria. Regional Environmental Change, 16 (3). pp. 841-853. ISSN 1436-378X (doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0796-z)

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Abstract

Flood risk management and policy in Europe are changing, so the role of local and catchment-wide flood risk management plans are now key contemporary issues in flood policy. A new policy agenda is to enhance inter-local solutions instead of local flood alleviation schemes. This paper analyses the new role of those local authorities and stakeholders in flood risk management as well as how the nature of the partnerships are established and operate, focusing especially on the main barriers and challenges. This paper examines catchment-based flood risk management in Austria. Catchment-based flood risk management was analysed in three different Austrian regions (Aist in Upper Austria, Triesting-Tal in Lower Austria and Ill-Walgau in Vorarlberg). The current functions of a partnership approach in flood risk prevention lie within the selection of sites for conservation of regionally important retention areas, harmonising spatial planning instruments and awareness-raising for protective measures on an inter-local level. The empirical results are currently characterized by a lack of sufficient co-operation between the members as well as with the regional authorities. The three case studies show different backgrounds and developments. The results show that the inter-local co-operation process is in no cases fully achieved. Some of the case studies show a higher integration in one field than others.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): partnership; flood risk management; governance; institutional arrangements; decision making; responsibility sharing
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 16095
Notes on copyright: The following paper is a post-print version of the paper: “Thaler, T.A., Priest, Sally, J. And Fuchs, S. Evolving interregional co-operation in flood risk management: distances and types of partnership approaches in Austria, Regional Environmental Change” The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-015-0796-z
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Depositing User: Sally Priest
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 18:44
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16095

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