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
Lots of dissimination activities and stakeholder events have taken place: guided tours, webinars, lectures, articles, presentations,...
According to comments on our previous report, we adjusted the LLDportal and guidelines (the lld-portal has been placed online, as part of a new overiew website: www.oostende.be/scape)
The study “Water balance of the coast” - finalized beginning of 2019.
PILOTS + different crossborder meetings
ZWIN rural pilot completed: 4th of Feb: inauguration (Instalment waiting lines and cable pits - Construction of new tube, including drainage and signalling work - Placing front walls on both sides of the new tube and asphalting road surface)
OSTEND completed Gardens of Stene fringe pilot: 8th of June: inauguration. All citizens of the city of Ostend + European partners +148 people (stakeholders) who were involved in the project during the last years, were invited. We continued with phase 2 an extension towards the school and realised the “testfields”. In 2019 main focus was dissemination.
MIDDELBURG: 3 July: positive court ruling regarding “Essenvelt” - preparatory works were completed. July 22: tender for infrastructure work for water mgmt based on multifunctional landscape led design principles. The works started in Sept 2019 and delivered at end of December. The planting is foreseen in spring 2020 (in case the salinity level of the soil is too high, the planting has to be postponed).
TMVW: The delays as a result of unexpected permits, have been largely caught-up. The works have now been contracted and started and are expected to only be finalised with limited delay.
In anticipation of the permitTMVW/FARYS had done a test-set up, and a second climate test was done with this test set-up. This has been very successful and lessons learned were included in the procurement of the works and also contributed to the design of the BHCC Urban pilot.
KENT: Following a faltering start, the delivery of the Kent pilot has picked up speed. A current and high-resolution LiDAR survey was completed (funded through project development through Interreg 2 Seas ICAReS project) and used to provide more accurate information for determining and implementing projects.
BHCC: in spring 2019, RBA presented its detailed designs to local communities and project partners. The feedback received along with results of Ground Penetrating Radar surveys generated the need for a re-design of the Carden Avenue pilot. Construction in spring 2020