Stakeholder participation and alliance management in ‘Room for the River’ Nijmegen
The ‘Room for the River’ programme has been set up to guarantee the safety of the Dutch river delta. Out of a total of 30 projects, the largest project is located in Nijmegen – the oldest city of the Netherlands. The project entails moving the main dyke 350 meters inland and the construction of a new flood channel. Space for the river Waal would be made through the creation of an elongated peninsula between the new secondary channel and the river Waal. However, the planned work caused huge social unrest as the enlargement of the riverbed would come at the expense of over 50 family homes, agricultural land and industrial properties. Creating political support and social understanding became crucial for the success of this project.