Integrated rural intervention with re-meandering helophyte water filtering of agricultural and industrial effluent with voluntary participation of government and private partners
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
Annex completed on: 05-08-2013