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Sustainable Water Management Policy: Lessons from Amsterdam

Jasper M. Dalhuisen, Caroline A. Rodenburg, Henri de Groot () and Peter Nijkamp

European Planning Studies, 2003, vol. 11, issue 3, 263-281

Abstract: This article focuses on the identification of critical water policy instruments, and opportunities and barriers to transforming urban water use in a sustainable and efficient direction in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The main lessons that can be inferred from past and current water policies and management practices in Amsterdam show (1) the relevance of common action for increasing the quality of or general control over water resources when shared interests of different actors using the same water resource are present; (2) that the effectiveness and applicability of water policy instruments are strongly conditional upon receiving the support of both water users and suppliers; (3) that the governance structure of water provision plays a crucial role in increasing the efficiency of water use.

Date: 2003
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