WP4.2 Governance

Soil subsidence in peatland areas: a complex governance issue

Peatlands in urban deltas are subsiding at fast rates and this needs to be reduced drastically if we want to keep these areas livable. Yet reducing soil subsidence is a complex governance issue: it touches the mandate of multiple governments and different policy sectors, and it affects a range of stakeholders with different interests. This raises challenges, ranging from ineffective sectoral approaches, to a lack of political responsibility, and insufficient capacity of local actors like farmers to support changes. This research looks into strategies to overcome such governance challenges and aims to develop effective governance arrangements that support the implementation of effective, legitimate and efficient soil subsidence reduction measures.

This research is being conducted by Mandy van den Ende under supervision of prof. Peter Driessendr. Dries Hegger and dr. Heleen Mees.