The paper explores the connection between governance and the resilience of the Drents- Friese Wold National Park in the Netherlands. We assess the governance context that affects the implementation of measures to increase drought resilience in the Park. The Oude Willem area restoration project within the Park is studied more explicitly as one of the measures applied towards managing an area eroded due to long agricultural land use. The focus is on the governance context and process under which measures are taken rather than on the results of the implementation of the measures. The case shows that context is changing over time as the priorities of stakeholders change from economic to nature development and vice versa, making it a complex process to implement measures. The Governance Assessment Tool is used to analyze the governance context in the restoration project. The observations signify the qualities of the governance dimensions in the process of enhancing the resilience of the area. Though the assessment reveals some weaknesses, the overall picture shows the governance context to be relatively supportive with high involvement of multilevel actors dealing with adaptive measures. The transition to a more decentralized governance system and the recognition of multi-level/scale approach, as a response to changes, has created a new context for the protected area management. Keywords: Governance, Drought resilience, Adaptive measures, National park, Climate change

doi.org/10.7564/14-IJWG70
International Journal of Water Governance

Lordkipanidze, M, de Boer, C, & Bressers, H. (2015). Assessing governance context to increase drought resilience: The case of the Drents-Friese Wold National Park. International Journal of Water Governance, Volume 3(4), 69–92. doi:10.7564/14-IJWG70