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     Water resources and
                 the prevention of 
                                  flood damage

ERDF Funding allocated

€  77.040 million

Water resources are of critical importance for sustainability in the NWE area.  Two strategic issues are water quality and the irregular rate and levels of flow.  As many factors contribute to the deterioration of water quality in the NWE area, an integrated management approach is required for river catchment areas, particularly at a transnational level.

Relevant related issues include new practices in agriculture, urban models of water-resource management, domestic and industrial water waste, the protection of wetlands, the storage of surplus water, ground water tables/aquifers, marine and estuarine water, and the demand management for water use.

Irregularities in the rate of water flows are related to geographical and climatic conditions.  A significant objective of the Programme is to minimise damages caused by floods to human and animal life, settlement systems and natural and agricultural assets. 

Examples of Approved Projects :

- The  JAF Project  ( Joint Approach for Managing Flooding)  

In the project Joint Approach for Managing Flooding (JAF) five partner regions from the Netherlands, the UK and Germany will work together over four and a half years to examine the delicate balance between water systems, nature/climate and the environment.


- The SCALDIT Project  ( The International Network of LIght RAil Cities )

From Collective Testing to a Transnational Analysis of the International River Basin District of the Scheldt as a Basis for a Transnational Integrated Water Management for a Cleander and Safer Scheldt.


- The CFM Project  ( Creating new landscapes for risk Flood Management)

This is an action project that seeks to change perceptions of flooding and develop common principles for relevant decision-making


- The AMEWAM Project  (Agricultural MEasures for WAter Management)
Agricultural Measures for water management and their integration into spatial planning

  Other Examples of possible projects :

  • A group of regional authorities responsible for water management may develop and implement with other key-players (e.g. farmers, specialised NGOs) a joint strategy for the protection of a transnational ground water table or aquifer.

  • A network of regions of a same transnational river basin could identify strategic sites where retention and overflow areas can be created to minimise flood damage and co-operate with authorities responsible for the local implementation of agro-environmental measures of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, to stimulate the creation of fallow lands on the same sites.

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