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    Kristen Pitts

    May 22, 2012 | 09:17 a.m.

    Great job with both the poster and video Al and Micah!

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    Amanda Nelson

    May 22, 2012 | 11:46 a.m.

    It came out great, Al and Micah! Be proud of what you guys did. I sure am.

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    Guangxing Wang

    May 22, 2012 | 01:27 p.m.

    Al and Micah, great job!

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    Silvia Secchi

    May 22, 2012 | 05:27 p.m.

    Terrific as usual Al – I loved the video!

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    Plaxedes Makweche

    May 24, 2012 | 08:38 a.m.

    Great presentation Al and Micah. very informative and interesting!

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    Anja Meksem

    May 24, 2012 | 10:23 a.m.

    Great presentation and good collaboration between cadre 1 and 2!

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    Marjorie Brooks

    May 24, 2012 | 11:05 a.m.

    This is an excellent example of how political and economic concerns impact ecology. While democracy provides opportunity for individuals, it’s important to see that centralized governance is apparently better for watersheds that extend across several jurisdictions. Your work does a great job of illustrating this issue for the large rivers of the world.

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    Justin Kozak

    May 24, 2012 | 12:34 p.m.

    Well done. Good integrative discussion of broader impacts

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    Leslie Duram

    May 24, 2012 | 12:54 p.m.

    Great job! Informative plus fun pictures.

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    Amanda Marshall

    May 25, 2012 | 12:28 p.m.

    Very interesting study, good job! I loved the pictures in your video, what an amazing trip that must have been. It’s interesting that management of the Yangtze has been able to adopt an integrative approach, especially by including ecosystem services and focusing on overall management over structural control.

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  1. Alicia Claire Lloyd
  2. http://www.igert.org/profiles/4762
  3. Graduate Student
  4. Presenter’s IGERT
  5. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  1. Micah Bennett
  2. http://www.igert.org/profiles/4342
  3. Graduate Student
  4. Presenter’s IGERT
  5. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Centralization in floodplain management of world rivers: A comparative case study of the Yangtze and Mississippi rivers

Numerous institutions govern land use planning, pollution abatement, water use and ecosystem service provision aspects of watershed management. In no area is this more apparent in the world’s large river systems than in floodplain management. Integrated watershed management and governance at the lowest appropriate level are advocated as the best strategies for managing land use and basin management practices in floodplains. These approaches seek to incorporate various stakeholder interests and implement context-specific policy in diverse environmental conditions. Centralization of governance however may be more conducive to efficient and effective watershed management. This project seeks to evaluate the institutional capacities of decentralized and more centralized systems to manage large river floodplains through comparative case studies of China’s Yangtze River and the Mississippi River in the United States.
Regulation of basin management practices at the local and basin-scales are advocated as the most conducive to environmental quality enhancement and flood damage mitigation. Decentralization of natural resource management is argued to be most responsive to local interests, provide flexibility for context-specificities, and establish legitimacy among stakeholders. However, centralized floodplain management has the potential to provide streamlined policy implementation and enforcement with fewer resource constraints.
Urban development and agricultural production occurring in the floodplain are economically productive land uses. Efficient management however should facilitate pollution abatement and ecosystem service provision, which also hold value . This project seeks to apply an institutional analysis lens to comparative case studies of floodplain management within two of the world’s largest and most economically-productive river basins.