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Promoting citizen-based river groups at subbasin scale for multi-level river governance in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region

Title of the magazine or publication: 
Local Environment

Authors:

  • Pere Vall-Casas (School of Architecture, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya,)
  • Marta Benages-Albert (School of Architecture, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya,)
  • Xavier Garcia Acosta (Institut Metròpoli)
  • Alvaro Cuéllar (School of Architecture, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya,)
  • David Pavon (Department of Geography & Institute of the Environment, Universitat de Girona)
  • Anna Ribas (Department of Geography & Institute of the Environment, Universitat de Girona)

Publication date:
2021

Resume:

In many urban rivers, there is a gap between the growing social use and the limited citizen participation in its management. This work details the design, and implementation, of a participatory process model designed to promote the active involvement of the general public in the management of a stream in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona. In addition, it evaluates the results of this pilot process to obtain a series of learning points. These serve as a theoretical basis for the design of participatory processes that seek the empowerment of citizens in the management of their river spaces.

Academic article link:
https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2021.1874320