An integrated long term approach to river planning - how to ensure that rivers are central to wider design and development plans

Project information

Index: 1011R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location GERMANY NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN Bergheim and lower Erft catchment Köln Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1958
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

Changes to land use, environmental impact, sustainability, river corridors

Good Practice Information

Driven by specific local demands caused by the planned ending of Open Cast Mining, ERCIP Partners were impressed by both the long term plans for the area and the overall scale of the plans and how different disciplines were integrated and cross referenced. Key stakeholders such as the mining company, the municipalities and special interest groups were engaged to ensure continued joint working.
With each partner contributing to the plans coming from a different background, it was important to outline opportunities and benefits for working together in addition to the statutory requirements. Implementation is financed through the Erftverband's Membership Setup. The fact that this is being managed across a timeline of 50 years makes the work impressive and possible for replication.

Evidence of success

The conceptional plan is widely approved by the Erftverband's members who are also represented in our Supervisory Board. The procedure reflects the Erftverband's structure with every organisation which has a significant Impact on water management an obligatory member. This way of working has lead to a very good membership satisfaction, which is evaluated regularly.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Hartmut Hoevel


Annex completed on: 08-08-2013

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