8. Process Setting, Strategies, Receptivity and Regime Flexibility

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In this chapter we will deal with some general observations on the Regge renaturalization projects which are not specifically applicable to any given sub-case but are considered as being more common practice or contributing to a guiding principle. Special attention is paid to the receptivity of the Waterboard in this chapter, as it does not vary significantly across projects but more so over time as is reflected through the learning process. This more general examination also pays attention to actors that are relatively less active participants in specific projects, but do have an important role regarding the renaturalization as a whole. This applies to the Province as it concentrates efforts on the amount of nature realized for the EHS, the farmers‘ organization LTO for its general role underlying farmers‘ behaviour and the Landscape Overijssel nature organisation because it is involved in the development of projects and in many cases becomes the manager of the new nature area.

The Regge renaturalization projects typically have a wide array of policies and actors that are drawn into the singular projects. This obviously increases the extent of the governance aspects that are relevant for the project. It is not however only the number of water related goals included outside of retention capacity that increases (e.g. health of the aquatic ecosystem, water quality, etc.). Nature development and protection, spatial planning (creating close links with the municipalities), land reconsolidation projects and other policies that are relevant for agriculture, rural economic development, recreation and tourism (e.g. tea house, zomp boats, hiking and cycling), incorporation of town extensions and companies and new infrastructure (road, bridges, cycle and hiking paths), cultural history (e.g. archaeology, estate houses, water mill, zomp boats), sports fishery, environmental education (like displays with explanation alongside the projects), art and culture and issues of water board taxation and the investment.

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