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Climate resilient Community-based Catchment planning and management

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

Lead partner

Somerset County Council


Start Date


End Date


Project budget

5 108 892

ERDF amount

3 065 335

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Climate change is predicted to involve more extreme rainfall events with accelerated loss of topsoil, and hence an increased risk of flooding and drought. This increase in natural risks is combined with a low awareness of the impact and risks of climate change. Given the high economic impacts of flooding, there is a need to maintain and strengthen adaptive capacity in the coastal hinterland areas. New solutions need to be developed and applied to improve resilience. In a context of reduced public financing, better, more robust and cost-effective erosion control and flood defenses are needed.

    Main Achievements

    The Workshops and field visits at the partner meetings have provided an insight into the issues being experienced and the intervention measures that are being considered at different locations. This has provided the opportunity to explore how these might be applied to individual partner investments, and provide alternatives to the measures that were previously being considered.
    Triple C projects in Somerset won the 2018 UK Rivers Prize. The projects also won the catchment scale project prize. The prize resulted in a lot of publicity both locally and Nationally. Soil management continues to be an important part of the project with over 33 soil structural surveys and management reports carried out so far. So far the project has had 13 workshops covering topics such as soil management, subsoiling and cover cropping with farmers scoring the events as excellent on feedback questionnaires. Staff have also attended 53 other events to network and promote the project with Stakeholders.
    DWT held 5 landowner workshops and 2 stakeholder events. To date, DWT have created 56 ha of new wet grassland habitat, and restored 227 ha of existing Culm grassland, providing an additional 60,000m³ water storage achieved.
    In Flanders, the collaboration between partners has resulted in a series of demo/trial fields which has ensured an awakening of interest among farmers and makes the implementation of ECM more accessible for farmers and landowners. In addition, the sediment model was also finalized and the first model results were discussed with project partners. The model indicates the most critical erosion prone points in the projects focus areas.
    PCG and PCM initiated four network groups, where results of research on ECM are presented and discussed, and elaborated 3 demo plots where cultivation practices are evaluated in terms of run off and sediment loss. So far this has resulted in the installation of new ECM and farmers changing their cultivation techniques.
    All farmers with high and very high erosion sensitive fields were contacted and given advice by INAGRO about adapted cultivation techniques. One leaky pond is already installed and will be evaluated. Technical plans are made for the adaptation of 2 other leaky ponds in the catchment.
    13 new weirs have been installed by WBD / ZLTO, that both prevent flooding and help water conservation. Prov Antwerp /ABC Eco removed one big weir on the watercourse, and created one meander.



    FWAG South West

    Devon Wildlife Trust

    Kent County Council

    Brabantse Delta WaterBoard

    ZLTO (Southern Dutch Farmer and Horticulturists Organization)

    Province of Antwerp


    ABC Eco²

    Province of East Flanders

    Vegetable research centre East Flanders

    The Flemish Environment Agency


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    Action Plan identifying solutions for managing flood risk, adaptable for individual catchment areas

    Theme: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Environmental agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations

    New Water Retention features. (e.g infiltration ditches; wetlands; 'leaky' ponds).

    Theme: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations

    Implementation of Erosion control measures (e.g. grass buffer strips, sediment ponds)

    Theme: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations