Project budget6 350 313 €
ERDF amount3 810 188 €
Coastal landscapes in the 2 Seas area are particularly sensitive to the water-related effects of climate change, specifically flooding, rainfall and drought. To become more resilient to climate change, a better understanding of water management solutions that can improve the ability of these landscapes, to cope with intense rainfall and rising sea levels is needed. SCAPE will address this challenge by developing and testing innovative water management solutions for coastal sites in urban, rural and fringe areas that experience flooding problems using a landscape led design (LLD) approach.
SCAPE will develop LLD solutions for water management that make coastal landscapes in the 2 Seas area better adapted and more resilient to climate change. SCAPE will work with the key stakeholders to increase the cost effectiveness of water management applications and will deliver pilots to test innovative tools/solutions that among other effects reduce floods. The project will bring together water managers, planners and architects from across the partnership to jointly develop an approach that uses the landscape to tackle water management problems in rural/urban/fringe coastal areas (=LLD).
Based on a landscape led approach, SCAPE will develop solutions to water management issues arising from climate change. SCAPE's main outputs are:
- 1 LLD strategy for incorporation of landscape led design solutions in water management
- 1 LLD method that provides landscape led design guidelines for partners/target groups
- 6 Pilot sites to validate the use of landscape led design in different urban, rural and fringe coastal landscapes
Direct users of the outputs are the professionals, main beneficiaries of the outputs are: inhabitants/communities of the respective coastal areas.
Cross border approach
SCAPE partners have common concerns around water management. Via cross-border cooperation they: • have identified being at different stages in applying landscape led design solutions for the water management in their own urban, rural or fringe landscape context • can share expertise from different countries and specialist viewpoints to develop innovative best practices via water management pilots and accelerate the uptake of these practices • can learn from each other by jointly developing, implementing monitoring and evaluating solutions that then can be shared across the 2 Seas area
FIRST PHASE – ANALYZING // REPRESENTING SCAPE
In the first phase of SCAPE, a lot of effort was put into analysing data, exchanging knowledge, sharing best practises and case studies. In this context, all climate tests were conducted at the pilot sites and a summary report was written by the LP in support of the University of Ghent. With this knowledge, the University of Ghent wrote an article on “the climate test – the first steps towards an automated methodology to evaluate the climate resilience of new urban developments”. This article was published on the web of science, after presenting it in Bulgaria in the summer of 2018. Meanwhile, the City of Ostend was invited – through its partner network in another EU funded project MAtchUP (Horizon 2020) - to present SCAPE at the Bocconi University in Milan. Together with its expertise partner, AGSO, an article for the International Nature-Based Solutions For Urban Resilience Workshop was written.
Also other partners managed to disseminate their activities and results beyond the partnership. E.g. Both pilot sites of Brighton & Hove were selected as case study of CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) Steering Group while the Province of West-Flanders was invited to present their research on the water balance in the Belgian Polder area on the GIS Coastal Conference in Iceland.
VISITS // AWARDS // CONNECTIONS
The summer of 2018 was a busy period in the SCAPE project. Besides the cross-border meetings, network dissemination efforts, a lot of site visits took place at the Gardens of Stene. The involvement of stakeholders and citizens didn't stay unnoticed. In the early spring, the Gardens of Stene were awared the ‘Grote Openruimtebeker’ by the VRP. The City of Ostend received the award for its continued efforts and commitment towards finding and implementing creative and multifunctional ideas in the management of open spaces. Just a few months later, the pilot site of the Gardens of Stene received an invite to participate in the IABR (International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam) tackling the subject of healty agriculture and green spaces. Meanwhile, Middelburg expressed the importance to interconnect with other related EU funded projects within the 2 Seas regions as WRC and SPONGE2020. Three conferences (Mechelen – Boulogne – Middelburg) took place to highlight similar activities, discuss opportunities of cooperation and exchange knowledge on pilot implementations.