Cementing “Stakeholder Collaboration” into Flood Risk Management

Potter, Karen (2022). Cementing “Stakeholder Collaboration” into Flood Risk Management. In: Eslamian, Saeid and Eslamian, Faezeh A. eds. Flood Handbook: Principals and Applications. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 171–192.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003262640-9


An increase in magnitude and frequency of flood events has shifted flood risk management from flood protection to a risk management, integrated and adaptive approach with stakeholder collaboration frequently emphasized as a key feature in conjunction with the new approach. Although stakeholder collaboration is becoming ubiquitous in practice, developing and maintaining the new approach is far from straightforward; it brings its own set of complex challenges. There is a tendency to see stakeholder management collaboration as the answer or a panacea to the complex flood risk management problem, but there is an evident lack of understanding regarding the processes and capacity required to enable collaborations in practice. The aim of this chapter, therefore, is to explore and reflect upon the extent of and conceptual scope of the current literature and knowledge base, to document and to signpost the extension of our understanding of stakeholder collaboration in flood risk management, with the intention of providing greater understanding and insight to policy-makers and practitioners addressing such challenges.

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