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

Towards sustainable urban water governance in Denmark: collective building of capabilities in... 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. 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. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Nielsen, S.B. and Jensen, M.B. (2016) `: collective building of capabilities in local authorities', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.103­119. Biographical notes: Susanne Balslev Nielsen http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development Inderscience Publishers

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

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1740-8822
eISSN
1740-8830
DOI
10.1504/IJISD.2016.075532
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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. 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. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Nielsen, S.B. and Jensen, M.B. (2016) `: collective building of capabilities in local authorities', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.103­119. Biographical notes: Susanne Balslev Nielsen

Journal

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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