In 1992 the Hungarian Ministry of Transport, Communication and Water and the Ministry of Environment and Regional Policy, sponsored by the Dutch Government, commissioned a combination of Dutch and Hungarian institutes to execute a study into the possibilities for the rehabilitation of the Gemenc floodplain. It was agreed that the study would focus on the water -management of the area, but nevertheless take into account the wider scope of other management areas and interests such as the forestry, hunting, fisheries and recreation as well. The study used a policy analysis approach for formulating and analyzing three different alternatives. The results showed that rehabilitation of the Gemenc area has a good perspective, especially when the most promising elements from each of the alternatives are combined.