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Understanding Public Acceptance of a Multifunctional Water Plaza: A Case Study

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University of Duisburg-Essen, Urban Water and Waste Management, 45141 Essen, Germany
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Department of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum, 44799 Bochum, Germany
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Department of Social Science, Siegen University, 57068 Siegen, Germany
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Independent Researcher, 13353 Berlin, Germany
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Academic Editors: Armando Di Nardo and Enrico Creaco
Water 2021, 13(4), 576; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040576
Received: 6 January 2021 / Revised: 14 February 2021 / Accepted: 19 February 2021 / Published: 23 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Urban Water Management)
Climate change enhances pluvial flood risk in many cities all over the world, especially in densely populated urban areas with high impervious surfaces that need to adapt to heavy precipitation. For this purpose, multifunctional stormwater infrastructures such as water plazas appear promising as there is a high competition for open space in most urban areas. Yet, to date only very few water plazas have been realized with at least one implementation hampered by a lack of public acceptance. In this study, semi-structured interviews are used to investigate how plans to build a water plaza in the city of Cologne are perceived by local residents. Factors crucial to public acceptance are identified. Experience with flooding, knowledge of the planned construction and awareness of benefits turned out to be important for acceptance, whereas social and personal norms were less relevant. The identified factors led to finding recommendations to promote public acceptance of innovative climate adaptation measures like water plazas. View Full-Text
Keywords: public acceptance; water plaza; stormwater adaptation; climate change adaption; multifunctional infrastructure public acceptance; water plaza; stormwater adaptation; climate change adaption; multifunctional infrastructure
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Netzel, L.; Drewing, E.; Netzel, L.; Denecke, M. Understanding Public Acceptance of a Multifunctional Water Plaza: A Case Study. Water 2021, 13, 576. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040576

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Netzel L, Drewing E, Netzel L, Denecke M. Understanding Public Acceptance of a Multifunctional Water Plaza: A Case Study. Water. 2021; 13(4):576. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040576

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Netzel, Leon; Drewing, Emily; Netzel, Louis; Denecke, Martin. 2021. "Understanding Public Acceptance of a Multifunctional Water Plaza: A Case Study" Water 13, no. 4: 576. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040576

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