Towards ecosystem-based management for Mainports: A historical analysis of the role of knowledge in the development of the Rotterdam harbor from 1827 to 2008
Ecosystem-based management (EBM) approaches that are appearing in decision-making processes traditionally dominated by economic interests are likely to govern EBM knowledge in a more symbolic than substantive manner, by, for example, emphasizing environmental impact assessments. This article analyzes the development of a more holistic EBM approach for decision-making processes that emerged in the Mainport of Rotterdam, a context traditionally dominated by economic interests. Our historical analysis suggests that holistic EBM knowledge governance was facilitated by factors that included: informal agreements, societal stakeholders who urged for environmental law to be implemented, in- dependent intermediaries who solved deadlocks within the decision-making process, and innovative civil servants that proposed procedural adjustments of the decision-making process that consisted of a transparent process architecture, joint fact-finding, and long-term monitoring. Although these efforts resulted in an overall successful approach, the full potential of EBM knowledge governance has not been realized yet.
Projectleider: Teisman, prof.dr.Ing. G.R. (Geert)
Opdrachtgevers: EUR - Bestuurskunde
Einddatum: November 2014
Trefwoorden: Ecosystem-based management Knowledge governance Complex decision-making Harbor development Effectiveness