Integrated rural intervention with re-meandering helophyte water filtering of agricultural and industrial effluent with voluntary participation of government and private partners

Project information

Index: 1006R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Water management
Location NETHERLANDS NOORD-NEDERLAND Groningen Groningen Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2008
End: 2015

Topic of the practice

Environmental protection and economic development (through public private partnerships)

Good Practice Information

PROBLEM: The brook Dwarsdiep faces peak discharges, but also water shortage. Industry and wastewater influence water quality.
BACKGROUND: Facilitating nature development, water quality, industrial production and recreation.
ACTIVITIES: 25ha wetlands provide filtered water. Optimized water treatment plant with natural system, turns wastewater of industry and sewerage into a source.
Combination of multiple policy goals in an integral plan; collaboration with commercial partners and NGO’s.
TRANSFERABILITY: Watersystem analysis; technologies of wastewater treatment; combining policy goals; stakeholder involvement process. Key success factors: unbiased fact finding; combination of goals; collaboration with commercial partners; accommodating economy and ecology.

Evidence of success

Nature reserve and brook provide ecosystem service. Economic and ecological improvement are accommodated. Collaboration of a company, NGO’s and governments enable combination of goals and meet all demands of stakeholders: the industries get new permits an can expand production; nature is provided with water; wastewater is treated cost-effective; the area is more attractive for recreation.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Kees de Jong

Waterboard Noorderzijlvest

Annex completed on: 05-08-2013

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