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Shaping Climate change Adaptive PlacEs

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

Lead partner

Stad Oostende

Start Date


End Date


Project budget

6 350 313

ERDF amount

3 810 188

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    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.

    Main Achievements

    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.

    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.




    Provincie West-Vlaanderen

    Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij

    Kent County Council

    Brighton & Hove City Council

    Gemeente Middelburg

    Waterschap Scheldestromen


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    Joint strategy for the incorporation of LLD within water management

    Theme: Climate change - Nature management
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: SMEs /enterprises - Universities and research centres - Water management organisations