Activities

Implementation is achieved through the use of two flood alleviation projects in Chelmsford and Antwerp and one modernisation of the water monitoring system in Dunkirk representing different approaches to the problem of lowland flooding associated with climate change. All partners come together to take part in regular meetings to share their projects and to discuss the progress on their projects

Floodcom examines, implements, shares and disseminates experiences of flood defences. The project shares technical knowledge through exchanges of staff and school exchanges. Videos presenting the progress so far at each site are available on the website. An innovative education project and geocaching activity will reach out to the local community and teach about flooding and why flood alleviation schemes are necessary.

 Floodcom has three specific activities under which cross border activities will be designed delivered and demonstrated to the wider community.

Activity 1: Urban water flow techniques

Flood managers look for sustainable solutions to protect their land from flooding. Usually water retention, flood control areas or other innovative water management methods provide the best solution to the challenges. Once in a while, however, there are no innovative solutions at hand and the pumping of water is the only answer. This activity will examine, implement, share and disseminate water flow techniques and techniques to monitor water levels to allow for the pumping of water to keep the affected regions flood free. All partners will be involved in this activity, but St Omer and Waterwegen en Zeekanaal will jointly lead this and have more input into the technical and operational activities.

St Omer and Waterwegen en Zeekanaal will each produce case studies about their schemes and contribute the lessons learnt to the technical toolkit that will be launched at the final conference and disseminated to the Two Seas area and across Europe. Experts from the respective partners have also engaged in technical exchanges to share best practice.


Activity 2: Urban water retention techniques

The purpose of this activity is to examine, plan, implement and share with partners and disseminate to experts dealing with flood risk new water retention techniques. All partners will be involved in this activity, but the lead will be taken by Chelmsford and Breda. Chelmsford is engaged in a major capital project for water retention and Breda is preparing a similar project for implementation in 2014/15. Waterwegen en Zeekanaal will also contribute their expertise and experience. They will share the knowledge obtained by many years of flood protecting in the Sigmaplan.

Chelmsford and Breda have engaged in technical exchanges where they have learnt from each other about the planning and design of major flood schemes. The partners will both contribute case studies to the toolkit that will explore both the technical issues involved in their schemes as well as the issue of engaging communities and gaining consents, both practical and legal, to proceed with such schemes.

Activity 3: Interactive communication techniques

Floodcom will explore engaging communities in learning about flooding and why flood alleviation schemes are necessary through an innovative education programme and geocaching activity.

An education pack is being produced that will be used in four schools located in the partners’ geographic areas to educate about flooding. The schools will also engage in international exchanges and give the children the opportunity to learn from each other.

Children in participating schools will also design the geocoin for the geocaching activity in their area. Geocaching is a fun family activity where participants hunt for a hidden geocoin and in doing so learn about the site where this is taking place. Geocaching activities will be located at all the partners’ sites.

The partners are also filming the works at their sites and videos showing this are posted on this website. These videos can also be shared on social media sites and embedded in related websites.

A Floodcom.eu Conference is planned which will invite all the Interreg 2Seas and NWE programmes to share cross border experiences in order to assist in the practical implementation of the EU Flood Directive and inform and guide the other areas who are considering new flood defences in the principles of man-made protection demonstrated at partners’ sites.

A tool kit is being produced and will be available on the Floodcom website to share information, learned experiences and practical advice on the pilot schemes to maximise the cross-border benefits.

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