Briefly about regional projects

Two Dutch partners Province of Fryslân (P1) and Municipality of Smallingerland (P2) want to Branch of Babócsacreate a new lake in the surrounding of Oudega to increase the water surface with approx. 200 hectares and wetlands with approx. 100 hectares.
It is desired to provide that area with the following functions: to protect the natural environment with a high ecological value, preserve the area in the context of new developments and to develop the area facilitating recreational activities and tourism promotion (walking, bicycle routes, water leisure like sailing, swimming and fishing); also to provide the area with agricultural function by stimulating new ways of agricultural entrepreneurship. 

P3- Merseburg Innovation & Technology Centre from Germany wants to develop The Geisel Valley lake (Geiseltalsee). It is an artificial lake created after the dismantling of coal mining industry.
The last industry ended work in June 1993, leaving behind a great hole of 2600 hectares that would become the biggest artificial lake in Germany.

The place first had to be cleaned up, and the flooding could eventually begin in 2003. A 18 km long ductwork was to pump the water from the Saale river in order to fill the pit. The whole flooding procedure should last about 7 years, costing more than 300 Million euro of investments from public and private stakeholders.

In the end the Geisel Valley Lake should expand upon 1800 hectares with 41 km long shores and depth going to 80 meters. The planned infrastructures, of which some are already under construction, should regroup camping grounds, boathouses, summer residences and offices, harbours, beaches, playgrounds, bridle and bicycle paths as well as hiking trails and tourist facilities (hotels, shops, restaurants)

P4- District administration Demmin The name of this partnership has been changed into Mecklenburg Lake District (P14) 

P5 - the International Resources and Recycling Institute (IRRI) from the UK is working  with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and other partners on two projects. The Gartloch Gartcosh green network strategy aims to develop habitat networks and opportunities for recreation and tourism across a 750ha area on the edge of the city of Glasgow. At the heart of the vision is the creation of a new, nationally important Wetland Park. The Integrated Green Infrastructure project will examine how ponds and wetlands can be incorporated into new development to achieve more sustainable urban drainage, and create habitat corridors, access networks and high quality green spaces.

IRRI specialises in networking and environmental management. Specific expertise is in the management of water bodies, developing partnership and cooperation with stakeholders and maximising educational opportunities. IRRI has experience of working with other UK Water Companies to provide more environmentally sensitive and sustainable solutions to water management problems, including their educational aspects.

P6- Polish Academy of Sciences is working on utilization of waste disposed in the Gorka open cast and recovery of this contaminated areas. In the out of use Górka quarry, there are situated both a waste disposal site of an area of 6, 7 ha and a settling pond of an area of roughly 3 ha with polluted water. The fundamental problem, relative to the effluents in the Górka pond, is their high alkalinity. The proposed actions comply with the local land development plan and constitute the base for the revitalization of post-industrial wastelands.

P7- National Administration "Romanian waters" Buzau Ialomita Directorate is focused on creating new wetlands in order to improve the water quality and eco-system in the basin of the Calmatui river.

P8- Local Action Group Appennino Genovese from Italy wants to develop sustainable use of water and wetlands connected with new forms of rural tourism. Lakes, rivers, ancient infrastructures connected with water use (roman waterworks, ancient bridges, etc.) represent important resources to support revitalisation of rural/mountain areas of Genoa Province.

P9- University of Debrecen, Centre for Environmental Management & Policy from Hungary focuses on developing a wetland in Hortobágy National Park, on the restoration of a wetland area cut away by past flood management measures so having many debilitating effects on water quality and the environment.

P10- South-Transdanubian Environment Protection & Water Management Directorate from Hungary focuses on restoration of the Szaporca Oxbow lake System that has been dried out and caused deteriorating effects on the water quality and the environment in the area. Due to lack of water replenishment the sedimentation has far-gone in these oxbow lakes mostly all of them have silted up and are therefore non-utilizable. More than 20 oxbow lakes can be found in the region in most of them are situated in the management area of Duna-Dráva National Park and are in the Natura 2000 Network. The Szaporca Oxbow lake System is a Ramsar Area as well. Restoration will improve the environmental quality of the wider area and will be a good example of utilisation of silted up oxbows; the project will also have a positive effect on the development of the neighbouring settlements.

P12 and P13 - Thessaly Region and the University of Thessaly from Greece focuss on the restoration of the Karla Lake in the region of Thessaly which was fully drained in 1964 with dramatic effects on the environment. The draining of the Karla Lake is considered as the greatest environmental crime in Greece that took place in the 20th century. In 1999, the state government decided that the Lake should be restored. The basic idea was to re-flood the area. A reservoir is being constructed that will flood an area. Still lots of works have to be done to restore the damaged area. In this project evaluation of the Karla Lake restoration will be done exploring new possibilities for the restoration mainly regarding the inclusion of recreation activities. (P11- The partnership of Prefecture of Magnesia has been divided in partner 12 and 13)

P14- Mecklenburg Lake District from Germany plans wetland development on the river Peene. The project area is located in the administrative districts of Demmin, Müritz and Güstrow in the German Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It comprises an area of about 890 km² served by Wasser- und Bodenverband (WBV) "Obere Peene".

The main water bodies in the project area - Kittendorfer Peene, Ostpeene, Malchiner See and Kummerower See - form the upstream catchment area of River Peene which together with its wetlands contributes an essential share to the characteristic landscape of East Mecklenburg and Vorpommern.  Parts of the project area belong to the protected landscape "Kummerower See and Mecklenburgische Schweiz" and are centres of nature conservation and tourism in central Mecklenburg. Farming is the main pattern of use in the project area, oriented also to the management of the water bodies and lowlands. This is the reason for deficient conditions of the water bodies.

Various nature conservation projects were developed in recent years, and in part they have already been implemented. Above all, the large lakes - Tollensesee, Müritz, Malchiner See, Kummerower See - are centres of tourism. The project area between these large lakes offers promising potentials for the development of tourism in the region. (P4- the partnername of District administration Demmin has been changed in to Mecklenburg Lake District) 

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