Towards sustainable urban water governance in Denmark: collective building of capabilities in local authorities

Susanne Balslev Nielsen, Marina Bergen Jensen

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    Abstract

    To address the climate adaptation of cities, today’s water managers need more than technical skills to drive sustainable urban water projects, which also stimulate demand for post-graduate education so that professionalisation of integrated sustainable water management in the public sector can be achieved. The ‘urban water platform’ was tested and is hereby presented as a course concept for building collective capabilities for integrated sustainable water design among local authorities in Denmark. The course is an innovation because: 1) it invites urban planners, road and park managers and sewage managers to take part in a dialogue about sustainable urban water projects, while collectively exploring new design solutions; 2) it facilitates an appreciative communication between several disciplines; 3) it promotes careful planning in the early stages of an urban water construction project.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
    Volume10
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)103-119
    ISSN1740-8822
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Sustainable urban water design
    • Climate adaptation of cities
    • Education
    • Public sector innovation
    • Stakeholder dialogues
    • Appreciative communication
    • Transdisciplinary approach
    • Organisational learning
    • Integrated storm water management
    • Sustainable urban water course

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