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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

Contact

Start Date

01/09/2016

End Date

30/06/2021

Project budget

5 108 892

ERDF amount

3 065 335

ERDF rate

60%

    About

    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 project has produced an Action Plan identifying solutions for managing flood risk and erosion risk through a catchment-scale project, based on the experiences of partners. 

    Catchment based networks have been set up in all 6 catchments. These are clusters of farmers and water managers co-developing solutions that will enable the continued tackling of problems beyond the life of the project. Such innovative farmer-led networks are building knowledge, commitment and skills within the farming community and land management advisors, essential for better understanding, acceptance and uptake of climate adaptation measures in farmed landscapes.

    Model simulations of soil ersoion have been performed for the different catchments. The refined model that will enable targeted and cost-efficient implementation of 30 different erosion control measures in 4 catchments, leading to an estimated 30% reduction in soil erosion

    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. This national recognition continued into 2019. FWAG and the EA have been monitoring how and if the leaky dams ‘slow the flow’ and how they change over time. The EA presented these results at the British Society for Geomorphology Conference in Sheffield. A poster was also produced and is being used at various events by the EA (Poster in evidence folder). A Volunteer Flood Warden was recognised as a “River Champion” at the 2019 UK rivers conference.

    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. Inagro has realised 3 leaky ponds in West-Flanders. For the design of these ponds they used experience from other project partners. 

    Province of Antwerp have re-naturalised the watersystem. These measures have realized double the expected water retention capacity. The farmers have become enthusiastic about the measures, and more are showing an interest in getting involved. 

    ZLTO / WBD anticipated that their measures would be useful in times of heavy rainfall, however the very dry summers of 2018 and 2019 demonstrated that the measures were also useful for retaining water in the soil. The farmers see that they are able to use them in all circumstances, and are enthusiastic

    Partnership

    Partners

    FWAG South West

    Devon Wildlife Trust

    Kent County Council

    Brabantse Delta WaterBoard

    ZLTO (Southern Dutch Farmer and Horticulturists Organization)

    Province of Antwerp

    Inagro

    ABC Eco²

    Province of East Flanders

    Vegetable research centre East Flanders

    The Flemish Environment Agency

    Outputs

    Theme
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    31/03/2019

    Method developed to build knowledge capacity, based on a catchment-based, collaborative approach.

    Theme: Climate change - Water management
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Environmental agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Water management organisations
    30/04/2018

    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
    31/12/2021

    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
    31/12/2021

    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