European blues : blue services in a European perspective

K.H.M. van Bommel, K. Oltmer, E. ten Pierick

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    Abstract

    Land owners who offer blue services make their land available for activities such as water conservation, peak-flow storage or the containment of the rise of the groundwater level, and receive payments that exceed the compensation for incurred costs. The Netherlands is a pioneer in the concept of blue services, but other European countries may also offer possibilities for such activities. There are a number of institutional factors that either hamper or stimulate the realisation of blue services. The factors this study focuses on are, for example, the land price, transaction costs, property rights and the underlying policy rules on several administrative levels. Subsequent to a description of different factors, this study presents case studies of the United Kingdom, Hungary and Germany (the Dinkel river) in which the factors are evaluated according to their contribution to the realisation of blue services. The study focuses on the blue service 'peak-flow storage'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDen Haag
    PublisherLEI Wageningen UR
    Number of pages44
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Publication series

    NameMemorandum / LEI : Werkveld 4, Rurale economie en ruimtegebruik
    PublisherLEI Wageningen UR

    Keywords

    • water management
    • water storage
    • land use
    • regional planning
    • floods
    • ecosystem services

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    van Bommel, K. H. M., Oltmer, K., & ten Pierick, E. (2009). European blues : blue services in a European perspective. (Memorandum / LEI : Werkveld 4, Rurale economie en ruimtegebruik). LEI Wageningen UR. https://edepot.wur.nl/14276