Managing Common Groundwater Resources: The Case of the Netherlands

dc.contributor.authorGlasbergen, Pieteren_US
dc.contributor.authorVerbeeten, Tanjaen_US
dc.description.abstract"This article explores the loss of biodiversity in terms of human interventions. We highlight how this process is related to human activities that affect the water table. At the same tune, we suggest ways to approach this problem and perhaps to solve it. "We perceive the problem as one of 'common pool resources' (CPR). This perspective seems appropriate, since groundwater can be classified as a renewable common natural resource. In view of its limited capacity for regeneration, groundwater is a natural resource for which the exploitation should be regulated. "The capacity for regeneration of this resource has been stretched to its limits for decades. The natural recharge of groundwater in the Netherlands is smaller than the amount used. This does not pose an immediate problem to the active interests such as the water supply companies, industry, and agriculture. For these users, the shortage is not acute. "We are dealing with a special CPR problem. It is special hi the sense that exploitation of this resource is considered detrimental to the passive interests. In other words, the problem lies in the negative impact on nature. "In order to preserve and restore biodiversity, a policy has been formulated with reference to the CPR groundwater. Groundwater is considered to be a scarce commodity because of its critical role in conservation. Recognition of this passive, immaterial interest prompts the active interests to adapt their behavior."en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdatesMay 24-28, 1995en_US
dc.identifier.citationconferenceReinventing the Commons, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Propertyen_US
dc.identifier.citationconflocBodoe, Norwayen_US
dc.subjectcommon pool resourcesen_US
dc.subjectwater resourcesen_US
dc.subject.sectorWater Resource & Irrigationen_US
dc.titleManaging Common Groundwater Resources: The Case of the Netherlandsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US


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