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Strategic Alliance for integrated Water Management Actions (SAWA)

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The project aims to adapt existing water management systems to the effects of extreme flood events due to climate change, focusing on sustainable development of society and regional economies.

* Improve, facilitate and accelerate the implementation of the new Flood Directive (FD) by developing a common planning and implementation strategy based on experience from a number of cases in the NSR,
* Work out a decision strategy on how to use and prioritise new adaptive measures in Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) closely coordinated with the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation process to show synergetic potentials,
* Develop and compile new adaptive structural and non-structural flood mitigation measures and schemes to improve water management systems in the NSR,
* Prepare institutional, expert and public structures for an optimal implementation and operational capability of the FD in coordination with WFD, focusing on education, communication, capacity building and adaptive measures.


* Centres for education towards sustainable flood risk management around the North Sea,
* Adaptive strategy for implementation of Flood Risk Management Plans in the NSR,
* Decision support database for flood protection measures in the NSR,
* MSc/postgraduate course on flood risk management,
* Cost-benefit analyses of measures in relation to adaptive planning strategies to optimize the implementation of Flood Risk Management Plans and River Basin Management Plans.

Project information


Ministry of Urban Development and Environment (DE) Mr. Jeff Marengwa


Ministry of Urban Development and EnvironmenT Hamburg (DE); TU Hamburg (DE); LEUPHANA Universität Lüneburg (DE) ; Agriculture Chamber of Lower Saxony (DE); Province of Flevoland (NL); Waterschap Zuiderzeeland ZZL (NL); Waterschap Hunze en Aa’s HEA (NL) ; Waterschap Noorderzijlvest NZV (NL) ; Waterboard of Delfland (NL) ; Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NO); Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO) ; Melhus Municipality (NO) ; Norwegian Meteorological Institute (NO) ; County Administrative Board of Värmland (SE) ; Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SE) ; County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland (SE); * Karlstad University (SE) ; City of Karlstad (SE); Heriot-Watt University Sustainable Water Management Research Group (UK) ; The University of Edinburgh (UK)

Source of funding

Interreg IV B North sea

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jun 07 2016   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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