“Sustainable security” through river enlargements: A political ecology of nature-based solutions and flood control in the Rhone Valley, Switzerland

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Title
“Sustainable security” through river enlargements: A political ecology of nature-based solutions and flood control in the Rhone Valley, Switzerland
Journal
Développement durable et territoires
Author(s)
Metzger Alexis, Véron René
ISSN
1772-9971
Publication state
Published
Issued date
30/10/2023
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
14
Number
2
Language
english
Abstract
The largest ongoing river training project in Switzerland, the so-called Third Correction of the Rhone in the Valais, builds on nature-based solutions (river enlargements and renaturation) while official documents and discourses also refer to an ill-defined notion of “sustainable security” and the goal of controlling floods. Drawing on qualitative data from stakeholder interviews and analysis of official documents, this paper examines the concept of sustainable security, as it is applied to the river project in terms of a balance between security and environmental concerns, the relationship between the three pillars of sustainability, and the opportunities of the population to debate the spatial development of the Rhone Valley. We argue that legal provisions, the dominance of security concerns and technocratic framings of the project foreclose more substantive political debate on the sustainable future of the hydrosocial territory of the Rhone Valley.
Keywords
nature-based solutions, river training, flood governance, sustainability, territorial development, Rhone River, Switzerland
Open Access
Yes
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation / Programmes / IZEQZ1_180395
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