Sigma Plan International

Consultation with international experts is an indispensable part of the Sigma Plan. Via transnational projects financed by Interreg and LIFE, scientists, volunteers and policy-makers join forces by sharing their knowledge and developing new, innovative technologies.

Scalluvia

USAR

Grenspark Groot-Saeftinghe

Belini

LIFE SPARC


Scalluvia

Duration: 2013-2017

www.scalluvia.eu

Action in the Polders of Kruibeke with the educational package 'Scalluvia Jungle'

In the Polders of Kruibeke, the LIFE+ project, Scalluvia, together with its partners – the Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos (Agency for Nature and Forests), De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, Kruin and the city of Kruibeke – provide every form of support to a rare slice of river nature, the alluvial forest. The Scalluvia project not only restores the forests, it also shares knowledge about them with local residents and nature lovers. The specific actions targeting the alluvial forest and creeks in the Polders will ultimately lead to a wide-ranging nature management plan. Moreover, Scalluvia increases social support for the Polders of Kruibeke in several ways, including guided walks and art projects.

 


USAR

Duration: 2016-2020


Under the banner of USAR (Using Sediment As a Resource), De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, together with partners in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, will develop and refine techniques for the beneficial re-use of dredged material. A test project is now running in the Durme Valley.

By reusing dredged material as a secondary raw material, primary raw materials, such as sand and clay, can be saved. Furthermore, dredging and levee projects run more efficiently and cause less hindrance when they are combined in this way.

 

 The USAR project investigates how we can re-use dredged material.

 

 

USAR is supported by the Interreg 2 Seas programme, which runs from 2014 to 2020. This European programme promotes cross-border cooperation between England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders).


Grenspark Groot-Saeftinghe

Duration: 2016-2019

grensparkchallenge.eu

www.natuurenbos.be/projecten/oost-vlaanderen/grenspark-groot-saeftinghe

On the border between Flanders and the Netherlands, one of the largest tidal nature areas in Western Europe is being developed. Here, the Grenspark Groot-Saeftinghe will connect the Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe to the Hedwige Prosper Project, the Doel Polder, the South Prosper Polder and the Nieuw Arenbergpolder. This will create a contiguous nature hub of approximately 4500 hectares. The ecological value of such an immense green preserve is much greater than that of many separate areas. In addition to this robust nature hub, the existing nature values in the cities of Hulst (NL), Beveren (B) and Sint-Gillis-Waas (B) will also be strengthened.

Grenspark Groot-Saeftinghe will become a 4500-hectare, contiguous nature area.

 


The total cost of the Grenspark Groot-Saeftinghe Project is 2.8 million euros. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will make 1.4 million euros available for the development of the new landscape park.

Belini

Duration: 2017-2019

life-belini.be

ec.europa.eu/environment/life

In 2018, the first old meander will be reconnected to the Demer. Over the years, the Demer has been canalised. This resulted in time-savings when using the river for transport but made the Demer Valley much more prone to flooding. That is why thirty old Demer meanders will be newly connected to the river. In 2018, De Vlaamse Waterweg nv and the Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos (Agency for Nature and Forests) started a test project to prepare for this re-meandering. One Demer meander, east of Zichem, will be newly reconnected to the river. We will then closely monitor this meander for three years. The test project is supported by the European LIFE project Belini.



LIFE SPARC

Duration: 2017-2022

ec.europa.eu/environment/life

The LIFE SPARC project proposes measures to make the Scheldt estuary and its highly urbanised area resilient to climate change. In practice, this means providing much greater protection against floods by creating open space for water and developing a robust estuary ecosystem.

The Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos (Agency for Nature and Forests) coordinates the project. Partners are De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, Regionaal Landschap Schelde-Durme and E.V. Flanders Hydraulics.

SPARC takes place on the territory of Dendermonde, Bornem, Hamme, Waasmunster and Temse.

The budget for SPARC is 8,525,800 euros. The project is supported by the EU's LIFE programme.
 Climate change is raising sea levels and increasing risks from extreme weather phenomena. The Scheldt estuary is highly vulnerable to flooding.