A 4-year co-operation exercise between 7 partners in the UK, France and Ireland, this project, led by the UK Environment Agency (Cornwall), aims to develop a common, transferable and integrated approach to planning and management of natural (water) resources in the coastal zone by looking at the whole catchment area. It is innovative in its transnational approach to the management of coastal waters since it crosses the geographical divide where traditional ICZM has focused on the coordination of strategies in coastal zones alone. CYCLEAU thus links the planning and management of coastal zones and estuaries with that of their inland river catchment areas within an integrated planning process. Its objective is to develop a quality brand and methodology for coastal management to enhance environmental quality, promote sustainable economic activity and maximise stakeholder involvement. The project partners will carry out a number of pilot test actions and small investments at demonstration sites to explore new ways of managing and planning, ranging from implementing new techniques for water de-contamination, dredging and dealing with sedimentation, to securing the participation of farmers in addressing diffuse pollution, and developing a technical resource centre. Drawing on a rich background of pre-established national and European practices in the management of water resources, the partnership seeks to link all elements with the water management chain to optimise the common benefits for all and bring about holistic gains.
The Cycleau Project intends to develop a quality brand for the management of river catchments by working towards the following strategic objectives:
1. Developing a thorough programme of co-operation between partners in participating states in order to establish a common methodology for assessing river catchments.
2. Providing a transferable and adaptable management model that will help solve common yet complex problems in an integrated way. The management model will be based upon comparing and contrasting the work of existing partner agencies, and will identify best practice as well as gaps in both knowledge and degrees of integration.
3. Demonstrating catchment management by showcasing demonstration sites to as wide an audience as possible.
4. Comparing, developing and ultimately implementing different techniques for raising public awareness and involvement.
5. Making real improvements to the environmental quality of river catchments, by implementing actions on the basis of shared know-how. This may include actions aimed at preventing or reversing diffuse pollution events, addressing sedimentation issues, or managing economic and development pressures in sustainable ways.
6. Contributing to territorial planning of regional development. This will be achieved in two main ways: first, by integrating the Cycleau catchment management brand into the appropriate spatial planning processes, and second by developing, as part of the management tool, a set of policy and procedure guidelines for other authorities and agencies in other catchments to follow in order to learn from Cycleau.