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Reversing the tide to bring water back into the city

WIHCC Water in Historic city centres

This project got off to a flying start by succeeding to invite Pat Cox, the current President of the European Parliament to its launch in Limerick (IRL), his home town. The kick- off event brought together over 60 delegates from the five other European cities involved in the project, namely the Dutch cities of Breda and 's Hertogenbosch, the Belgian cities of Brugge and Ghent and  the English city of Chester.

During this 3 day event, participants were given a guided tour of Limerick and visited the Park Canal Project which is one of the project's demonstration sites. Pat Cox officially unveiled the project's striking logo and made very inspiring speech about the importance of cities working together within the European framework. On behalf of the six cities, Alderman Jacques Nieder from the city of Bread and chairman of the project's steering committee, offered a beautiful glass decanter to Pat Cox engraved with the names and logos of the partner cities and  containing crystal-clear water.

Pat Cox at the WIHCC launch

Pat Cox receiving his gift


Water is the common issue that has brought together these six medium-sized historic cities. Many of the historic watercourses which once shaped their inner cities, have now fallen into neglect or disappeared as water made way to other functions. Between now and 2006 the partners aim to use water as a starting point for important urban renewal projects in their respective cities through a series of pilot projects. To reverse the tide and bring water into historic city centres, they will carry out an array of demonstration projects amounting to over € 9 million in total. In some cities, existing river banks and waterfronts will be renovated but in others (such as the Belgian cities of Gent and Mechelen) filled-in water links will actually be re-excavated. Through these different demonstration projects the partnership aims at creating more attractive waterfronts with new river walkways and public spaces, higher quality housing and office premises. Environmental issues will also be taken into account by developing integrated water management in order to develop the ecological value of watercourses and reduce flood risks in inner city areas. The partners also plan also awareness-raising campaigns to promote the value of water towards local inhabitants.

To benefit from each other's experience and foster a more innovative approach, the project partners will keep track on each of the pilot projects from start to finish. Furthermore a team of 'flying Experts' will provide their input and a transnational Task Force will be set up to keep ideas flowing

For further information, please  consult the project's website www.wihcc.nl

wihcc website 

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