Project description


SIGMA for Water stands for Sustainable InteGral Management Approaches for Water areas. SIGMA is a Greek symbol for sum which reflects the integrated approach and the interregional cooperation needed to tackle the faced challenges. The project SIGMA for Water is financed by Interreg IVC program with 11 partners from 8 European countries. The project runs from January 2010 until summer 2013 with total budget of € 2.5 million; a regional budget of € 200,000-250,000 is available. Tanyai branch of Drava river  

Brief history of the project

The history of the project started with a bilateral cooperation between the Lead Partner of this project, Province of Fryslân and the Romanian Water Board, P7 in the project.

The water department of the Province of Fryslân has plans to increase the retention capacity of the existing water system because of anticipated changes in climate, improve the water quality and water related nature by means of creating new water systems.

In this context Smallingerland Municipality in Fryslân, P2, is exploring the possibility to create a lake in their surroundings.

This idea was discussed with the Romanian Water Board that has a similar situation and wanted to create a base for a future co-operation and exchange of knowledge and experience.


From this point on, having as base two similar ambitions, the two organizations started the process of working together on this in an INTERREG IVC project and to involve more partners from Europe in the co-operation process.  

Partners that face similar challenges in terms of water management have been searched and selected which resulted in 11 partners representing 10 similar challenges in new lake and wetland development with their own specific knowledge, experience and interesting good practices to be brought together in SIGMA for Water.

Fryslan aimed, for achieving the goals of European co-operation, exchange of experience, knowledge and good practices, to bring in project partners from different parts of Europe, and combine both various bodies of expertise and experience with each other and more experienced parties with less experienced ones.

8 Countries

So there are 11 parties involved from all over Europe (United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Greece) which all have a similar challenge to tackle: new lake and wetland development.

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