Project Details

Title: Deploying the added value of water in local and regional development
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Water management

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €1,815,439.81
ERDF contribution: €1,443,216.41

Lead partner

Municipality of Eindhoven
P.O. Box 90150
5600 RB, Eindhoven

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    • Contact Person: Frank van Swol
      Phone: 0031 40 2386126
      Fax: 0031 40 2386604

Project summary

European regions and cities face important challenges related to water management: storage and discharge after (heavy) rainfall, quality, periodic water stress, etc. To address these challenges, it is evident that water must become an integral part of spatial development policies and their implementation.

However, until now, water management issues are often secondary. Water issues compete with other public concerns resulting in insufficient public and political support. The general thinking is that incorporating water in spatial development costs money.


Aqua-add partners observe that stakeholders in the public area are often not aware of the added value that efficient water management can bring to spatial developments. While it may bring added cost, it also allows areas to be better protected against flooding and becoming more attractive. It brings economic benefits and contributes to quality of life.



Partners aim to better deploy the potential

of water (economically, socially and environmentally) in urbanised landscapes and to improve the incorporation of water in spatial development. They will exchange experiences and good practices, including soft testing on:

1 stakeholder involvement

2 added value of blue space in urbanised landscapes, achieving better informed decision making

3 successful business models for water-projects


Ad 1) In planning processes, all relevant stakeholders (spatial planners, real estate developers, traffic department, politicians etc.) should be made aware of the impact that spatial plans have on water management and should become convinced of the added value of water. To achieve this, water experts (and public authorities in general) have to take a pro-active role. Aqua-add will exchange strategies for fruitful cooperation.

Ad 2) The added value of water is still underestimated. Aqua-add will collect, analyse and promote the specific functions, services and values of water. Partners

will use a Decision Support Tool – computer model that shows the (potential) social, environmental and economic impact of water and can facilitate decision making processes with several stakeholders.


Ad 3)Realisation of plans is often difficult due to lack of funding or uneven distribution of costs and benefits. Aqua-add will exchange suitable business models, such as public-private arrangements and cost management of investments and maintenance.


Partnership: a smart combination of public authorities and knowledge institutions: Eindhoven (NL); Copenhagen(DK); Aveiro Region Intermunicipal Community & Univ. of Aveiro(PT); Univ. of Debrecen, Centre Environmental Management&Policy, Trans-Tisza region Environmental & water inspectorate(HU); Bremerhaven(DE); Univ. of Genoa, Imperia(IT); Grand Lyon(FR); Sofia(BU). Knowledge institutions are carefully selected on their expertise on applying science in practice, they make state of the art methodologies available for the cities and regions.

Project achievements

AQUA-ADD, ('Deploying the added value of water in local and regional development') is a cooperation of 11 partners from 8 regions,to share knowledge and experience, to better deploy the potential of 'water' (economically, socially and environmentally) in urbanised landscapes and to improve the implementation of water measures in local and regional spatial development. The project consists of 3 main elements: 1. stakeholder involvement: exchange of strategies for solid and fruitful cooperation 2. added value of "blue space" in urbanised landscapes, achieving better informed decision making; 3. practical and successful business models for 'waterprojects'. A 4th element is a Decision Support Tool: a computer model that can show the added value and impact of water, to be used in policy making processes with multiple stakeholders, based on a scientific model. The model is piloted in partner regions and the approach will be disseminated to other regions with a demonstration version and

e­-learning module. All 8 cities/regions (TransTisza region (HU),Greater Lyon (FR),Aveiro region (PT),Bremerhaven (D),Copenhagen (DK),Eindhoven (NL), Imperia (IT), Sofia (BG)) have a case study to be used in the model. The cases are also used to bring useful strategies and instruments from the 3 main elements into practice. The cities/regions are supported by 3 universities (Debrecen (HU), Genova (IT), Aveiro (PT)) with expertise on these themes.

All partner meetings have taken place. Eindhoven brought the main projects' themes on the table and tackled all aspects of the project and included active involvement of external experts from consultants, knowledge institutions and (local, regional, national) authorities on the local case study, A report that also describes the inventory of needs and approach for the development of the support tool. In Bremerhaven, we had a workshop on financing methods, an interactive day about the case study area of Geestemünde, where water is a central

element for redevelopment. In Lyon the case study area of Confluence project a major redevelopment between Saône and Rhône showed that an adaptation of the working methods during different phases of the project gives good results. Sofia showed good examples on integrated planning (all water aspects into 1 plan) and on bringing the 'polluter pays' principle to practice on financing investments .A working method for successful stakeholder involvement was introduced, looking at interest&influence.Aveiro showed the case study area ('polis')where local representatives and experts discussed future options for the area with partners at a consultation.The Imperia visit was connected to promote the case study, involving all stakeholders (including politicians, students, companies). In Copenhagen we saw excellent examples of how based on a climate change adaptation plan and cloudburst mgt plan, measures can be put into practice (e.g. case study area St Kjelds), taking into account financing,

benefits and involvement of citizens.

We have delivered 5 handbooks: (see:

1 The portfolio of "added values" : a practical instrument that all can use and includes showcases of existing projects that can serve as references for new plans or ideas. At the same time it is an exchange of experience between partners.

2.+3. The results from the DST model from all case studies are delivered in 2 book

4 Handbook on business models , including the use of business çanvas for the case studies.

5. The report on stakeholder engagement, including 11 methods on working with professionals from in- and outside our organisations with other backgrounds in the project.

Regarding the DST we developed:

- a web-based demonstration version that can be used by other local and regional authorities in Europe (

- an E-learning module (video), Quick-start guide (.pdf) and News flash (video and .pdf) (


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven NETHERLANDS Noord-Brabant 0031 40 2386126
Trans-Tisza Region Environmental, Nature Protection and Water Inspectorate, Debrecen HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold +36 52 511 000
University of Debrecen Centre for Environmental Management and Policy, Debrecen HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold +36 52 512 921
University of Genoa, GENOA ITALY Liguria +39-010-3532485
Bremerhaven municipality, Bremerhaven GERMANY Bremen +49 471 590 2528
City of Copenhagen, Copenhagen DENMARK Hovedstaden 00 45 33 66 58 46
Municipality of Sofia, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden 00 359 2 93 77 286
Aveiro Region Intermunicipal Community, Aveiro PORTUGAL Centro (P) +351 234 377 650
University of Aveiro, Aveiro PORTUGAL Centro (P) +351 234 370 387
GREATER LYON, LYON cedex 03 FRANCE Rhône-Alpes 33478958953


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