Lessen uit het Marker Wadden-project

 

Marker Wadden, governance, publiek-private samenwerking, adaptief waterbeheer, building with nature

In het project Marker Wadden komen ambities voor ecologisch herstel, ruimtelijke ontwikkeling en kennisontwikkeling samen. Dat is niet vanzelfsprekend; het project kenmerkt zich dan ook door een innovatieve samenwerking tussen het Rijk en Natuurmonumenten, tussen verschillende overheidslagen en tussen het projectteam en het kennisprogramma KIMA. Eind 2020 is de aanleg van de eerste vijf eilanden afgerond en wegens de succesvolle resultaten is besloten om Marker Wadden uit te breiden met twee extra eilanden. Dit is het moment om lessen te trekken uit de gevolgde governance-aanpak voor toekomstige projecten, waaronder Marker Wadden fase II.

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Innovative governance for Building with nature – Lessons from the Marker Wadden project

Stéphanie IJff, Jeroen Veraart, Jannes Willems, Mike Duijn, Niels van den Berg & Marijn Stouten

Marker Wadden, governance, public-private partnership, adaptive water management, building with nature

Marker Wadden is a new archipelago in a large freshwater lake in the Netherlands, Markermeer. The project is innovative because of not only the new construction techniques (building with mud), but also the governance setting. Ambitions for ecological restoration, regional development and knowledge development were combined into one project. The national government cooperated with NGO Natuurmonumenten and formed a public-private partnership. Moreover, multiple governmental levels were involved and parallel to the construction, a knowledge programme was set up. The construction of the first five islands of Marker Wadden was finished late 2020 (more will follow), and lessons can be drawn for future (follow-up) projects. The public-private partnership worked well because of tailor-made procedures, but mainstreaming these partnerships and conditions for innovative project approaches into standard procedures requires attention. Making (socio-economic) regional development one of the project objectives, can help to involve local and regional governments. Integrating knowledge development with the construction process can be very challenging, even in the  Marker Wadden project where innovation and knowledge development was one of the project ambitions. Therefore, knowledge development can best be discussed early in the initiation phase, to align expectations of the parties involved and make agreement on goals, methods and roles in knowledge development.

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