Overdiep Polder- Dani

Swart. (2016). Ontpoldering Overdiepse Polder [Photograph]. Fotografie Seibe Swart. https://siebeswart.photoshelter.com/image/I0000DvRhuWzop6w

Questions posed: “However, the question arises what counts most: agriculture, nature or water safety?”

“What is considered successful? Who is using the term successful and for what reasons? And what is the impact of such connotation in policy terms? Does ‘successful’ mean that it will set a new standard for planning and implementing flood risk measures?”

It seems like the farmers chose autonomy as the most important factor. They wanted to have some choice over what was to happen to them and how it would play out. Agriculture definitely comes last. At the end of the day, people moved and bought land elsewhere and started new farms. While it was probably sad, it was not the end of the world. Nature and water safety seem to be the same thing to me: it’s nature and then the effects of nature on humans which would be safety. The farmers recognized that the river needed some room and instead of waiting and living in a time of uncertainty, they decided to go ahead and go forth with the project so water safety is this most important? As long as it doesn’t have detrimental affects on the lives of the people.

It seems like the main reason it was successful was because since everyone had some sort of say in the project, even if if didn’t go their way in the end, they were a part of it and they agreed to it happening at the beginning so maybe its hard to say something is a failure if you had a hand in it cause then that’s kinda like saying you’re a failure.


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