Integration of water management and land consolidation in rural areas to adapt to climate change: Experiences from Poland and the Netherlands

Małgorzata Stańczuk-Gałwiaczek , Katarzyna Sobolewska-Mikulska , Henk Ritzema , Jantsje M. van Loon-Steensma


Rural areas face major challenges in adapting to the impacts of climate change, in particular to floods and droughts. This calls for both adaptation of rural functions and climate-proof and water-resilient design of the rural area, often implying improvement of water retention and flood protection. Implementation of such climate change-related goals in spatial planning often involves adaptations in water management, perhaps even leading to land consolidation. Water management and land consolidation thus form important tools for spatial adaptation. Land consolidation is also a tool to support the integration of other claims that need room, such as agriculture, nature, landscape and tourism functions. This paper investigates the history of and approaches to land consolidation and water management in Poland and the Netherlands, and illustrates the integration of land consolidation and water management to realize a multifunctional climate resilient rural area by two examples in each country. We qualitatively compared the extent to which the planned activities in water retention and flood protection were realized and planned results were achieved for other functions. We found that the two adaptation measures, water retention and flood protection, were more effective in the Netherlands, stemming from ample attention for the impact of climate change and the incorporation of climate change adaptation goals in water policy. Furthermore, the water retention and flood protection measures in the Netherlands better serve multiple functions: agriculture, nature, recreation, landscape and infrastructure. Reasons for this are the multidisciplinary and participatory approach, attention to public awareness and communication and promotion of the process. On the other hand, the Dutch have much to learn from Poland’s vast, undisturbed natural areas, which contribute to a climate resilient landscape. Both Poland and the Netherlands could therefore benefit from bringing together ideas and experiences regarding climate proofing the rural area.
Author Małgorzata Stańczuk-Gałwiaczek (FGC / DCLM)
Małgorzata Stańczuk-Gałwiaczek,,
- Department of Cadastre and Land Management
, Katarzyna Sobolewska-Mikulska (FGC / DCLM)
Katarzyna Sobolewska-Mikulska,,
- Department of Cadastre and Land Management
, Henk Ritzema
Henk Ritzema,,
, Jantsje M. van Loon-Steensma
Jantsje M. van Loon-Steensma,,
Journal seriesLand Use Policy, ISSN 0264-8377, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.65
Keywords in Englishspatial adaptation, rural development, land consolidation, water management, process effectiveness assessment, european policy
ASJC Classification2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation; 3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 1107 Forestry
Internal identifier23/2018
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 11-03-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 40.0, 11-03-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.739; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.194 (2) - 2017=3.662 (5)
Citation count*4 (2019-04-08)
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