Climate resilient Community-based Catchment planning and management
Priority AxisAdaptation to Climate Change
Adaptation to Climate Change
Somerset County Council
Project budget5 108 892 €
ERDF amount3 065 335 €
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.
The objective is to implement a set of cost-effective, innovative actions to reduce flooding. A new participative approach to problem solving and implementation with landowners will be developed. Upstream implementation of the water retention and erosion control measures will reduce flooding and associated issues further downstream. This will result in an additional 168,000m3 water storage, €6.1M cost savings from reduced flood damages and dredging costs, and 1150 households with enhanced flood protection. Successful solutions will be replicable in other regions.
- Implementation and demonstration of water retention features and erosion control measures, and method developed to build knowledge capacity and effective implementation.
- An enhanced knowledge base will stimulate application of principles elsewhere.
Cross border approach
Whilst the participating catchments have different agricultural landscapes they share similar flooding and erosion problems and each country has its own distinct approaches with associated strengths and weaknesses. There is however a market failure in that whilst low cost techniques that offer multiple benefits exist, they are not widely implemented, and flooding problems are increasing. With a cross border approach we can take the best of these differing approaches and skills and develop new hybrid approaches that improve the coordination between strategy and ground-based actions.
FWAG South West
Devon Wildlife Trust
Kent County Council
Brabantse Delta WaterBoard
ZLTO (Southern Dutch Farmer and Horticulturists Organization)
Province of Antwerp
Province of East Flanders
Vegetable research centre East Flanders
The Flemish Environment Agency
Aisne Departmental Council
Chamber of Agriculture of Nord Pas de Calais
Departmental council of the North
Land use planning and water management association for the Scheldt
Land use planning and water management association for the Yser
Chamber of agriculture of the Somme