Breuer, Oliver: Cross border crisis management concept : Establishing cooperation measures between Dutch and German veterinary authorities in animal disease control. - Bonn, 2011. - Dissertation, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
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author = {{Oliver Breuer}},
title = {Cross border crisis management concept : Establishing cooperation measures between Dutch and German veterinary authorities in animal disease control},
school = {Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn},
year = 2011,
month = aug,

note = {The objective of this thesis consisted in the development of cross border cooperation management in animal disease control. Particularly, the experiences and intentions of public and private stakeholders have been identified and inluded in this research in order to find out to what degree cross border cooperation can be regarded as a benefit to national animal disease control strategies. By means of a case study, the research activities were focussed on Dutch and German experts on Classical Swine Fever control. Based on the results, a Cross border cooperation concept has been developed that provides veterinary authorities with a standardization of all steps that have to be taken for the preparation and evaluation of cross border cooperation measures.
This study was provided with a multi‐disciplinary approach. Elements from different scientific disciplines have been combined to an integrated concept. Initially, expert elicitation methods have been used to collect data and information on the subject of interest. Relevant stakeholders have been interviewed before an expert survey was made to validate the results.
In the following section of the thesis the prosperity of cross border animal disease control was illustrated by means of quantitative simulation. The aim of this study was to compare the epidemiological and the economic effects of recent strategies against livestock diseases with cross border cooperation strategies. The main findings of this chapter give insight in the basic differences in CSF control in the Dutch German border area.
The aim of the next chapter was to contribute to a standardization of data and information transfer in cross border crisis management. The guidelines presented in this section were developed in order to improve the identification of data or information gaps while preparing cross border cooperation plans for crisis management. In a second step these gaps had to be repaired before cross border cooperation could be implemented into national animal disease regulation. The concept combines decision theory, information theory, quality management and innovation theory to an integrated approach. A central result is the definition of fact sheets for all stakeholders concerned in information transfer activities. These instructions refer to the tasks and benefits each actor has in order to make information transfer possible.
In the final section of this study a Cross border crisis management concept was developed as a supporting tool for veterinary authorities. The design of this concept has been described in several sequences and its capabilities have been illustrated in a single case study. As a core result, the evaluation of this crisis management concept made clear how benefits of cross border cooperation can be implemented and, at the same time, how to deal with a variety of limiting factors that are standing in the way of a successful implementation.
Finally, the standardization of cross border crisis management by means of an integrated concept is highly recommended, but stakeholders have to participate and decide for official agreements in normal times. As soon as a crisis is at hand, there is no more room for debate about cross border cooperation. The majority of Dutch and German stakeholders support the principle of cross border cooperation in animal disease control. But, the findings of this research show that in every single cooperation plan the benefits always depend on the perspective a stakeholder has on this very subject. Thus, crisis management cooperation is a dynamic process that needs systematic innovation.},

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