Incorporating objectives of stakeholders in strategic planning of urban water management

Julie Skrydstrup*, Herle Mo Madsen, Roland Löwe, Ida Bülow Gregersen, Agnethe Nedergaard Pedersen, Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen

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Urban water management (UWM) strategies are difficult to implement in the urban space due to conflicting professional objectives and lack of communication tools. We explore stakeholders, objectives and indicators for urban water management and urban planning to make UWM relevant for other urban disciplines. Stakeholder analysis was applied to systematically identify stakeholders and their objectives by screening literature published in professional journals and conference proceedings. The literature study was supplemented with three workshops. Similar sets of planning objectives and stakeholders were identified in the two analyses. Fourteen stakeholders were identified, from the utility to legal stakeholders. We identified 17 objectives and nine sub-objectives, that can be divided into four overall groups; welfare for citizens, environmental protection, economic growth and technical objectives. Our results are relevant for a variety of UWM projects, providing a common terminology when discussing objectives between stakeholders and enabling an exploration of multifunctional UWM strategies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUrban Water Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Planning objectives
  • Structured decision-making
  • Urban water management
  • Urban planning

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