Aim and objectives



The project aims at development of new lakes and wetland areas which significantly increase water quality in the water system (increased capacity for clearing water in the system due to enlarged water surface and nature in the area) and make the water system more flexible in terms of quantity (increased retention capacity to store excess water and opportunity to tap from water in case of future shortage).

Overall objective

The overall objective of the SIGMA for Water project is to improve the capacity of the partner regions for the development of new lakes and wetlands for climate change adaptation (in relation to water quantity) and to improve water and environmental quality of the involved regions. This will be done via interregional cooperation by means of jointly developing integrated master plans (in which water management issues play a vital role), and improving relevant regional policies in the field. This way the entire partnership which includes both knowledge institutes and public bodies, can benefit from already existing good practices, knowledge and experience and joint development of new plans resulting in a new best practices.

 Sub-objectives are:

  1. To identify, exchange and transfer knowledge, experience and existing good practices in water management between the partnership, both from more experienced partners to less experienced partners but also between various kinds of institutions (public authorities, knowledge institutes) that can all have their specific knowledge;
  2. To jointly develop integrated master plans focused on the development of either new lakes or wetland areas and thus achieve better quality results;
  3. To disseminate and transfer the good practices developed in lake and wetland development to all interested EU parties;
  4. To stimulate integrated (multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral) thinking and approaches for complex environmental problems addressed in SIGMA for Water, among the regional stakeholders, and the wider EU community of water management professionals;
  5. To ensure the practical implementation of the master plans and identified good practices  by jointly developing action and funding plans for each region, identifying the key steps to be taken and relevant funding opportunities (either mainstream Structural Funds or other schemes)
  6. To improve local and regional policies in the field of water management and other relevant policy fields, such as spatial planning in each region in order to pave the way to further water related climate change adaptation and future lake and wetland development/ nature regeneration and thus sustain the quality of the living environment for future generations.

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