Lena Syed


At the end of Rotha’s article she asked, “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?”

In agriculture, the environment and human relation is extremely important. In the case study, we learned the connection of the people and government in terms of flood safety and relocation of people. The case emphasized the importance of protecting the land from major river flooding that was going to come. The government had a plan to protect floss in the future, but it may not be considered a success for the people in the area       

The government plan could have been seen as successful because the citizens did have a say on part of the plan, but the policy did not entirely benefit the people. The policy of course played a role in benefitting the farmer’s economic private interests for the farm enterprise.  The farmer’s needed to act this way due to bad past experiences with the government in land settlements, former buyouts of farms, and nature conservation policies. The farmers came up with their own plan first instead of the government.  

In the end, I think the plan was successful, because the farmers got to have autonomy. The farmers wanted to have a say in decisions that affected them. The future is safe for families and future generations to live securely on the land and to farm the land in a sustainable way. Although the policy wasn’t great for people in the present, change is important to insure a better future.


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