Governance of local adaptation in Feijenoord (HSRR3.10)

Flood safety in unembanked areas is becoming an increasingly important issue in Rotterdam. Pressure on space in densely populated areas makes development of these areas more and more attractive. At the same time, climate change increases the probability of floods, both tidal and fluvial, particularly in areas that have large populations and high levels of economic investment. For this reason, (future) vulnerability of unembanked urban areas should be reduced and climate change impacts addressed in a proactive manner, to reduce damage and social disruption as much as possible.

This research investigated possibilities for climate-adaptive development of unembanked urban areas. Its goal was to develop knowledge on alternative forms of cooperation and legal, financial and organisational arrangements that facilitate an integral, location-specific flood safety strategy. Two distinct strategies were addressed: an individual, adaptive strategy and a collective, preventive strategy. The unembanked area of Rotterdam, more specificallly the 'Kop van Feijenoord' and 'Noordereiland', were used as case study areas.

The study used an action-oriented approach consisting of workshops, interviews, a so-called Societal Cost Benefit Analysis and literature review to investigate what kind of governance arrangements are necessary to implement either strategy. For Noordereiland, the individual adaptive strategy is the most suitable one. However, a lacking sense of urgency amongst residents severely hinders implementation of this strategy. For the Kop van Feijenoord, the collective preventive strategy is the most appropriate. This study has developed a public-private governance arrangement in order to address the governance dilemmas related to (the implementation of) this strategy. 

final project report (in Dutch)