Posted on 29 April 2014
The Danube floodplains are amongst the most fertile areas in Romania. However badly maintained dikes and irrigation structures, unorganized land planning and land use leads to relatively low crop yields, flood damage, drought and reduction of environmental values. Large scale strategies, redevelopment plans and structured investment are needed to improve all functions along in the Danube floodplains.
This project used an approach that is applied in the Netherlands to facilitate all steps in redevelopment and flood management plans along the Dutch main rivers. The approach is carried out in the Romanian context by carrying out the following steps:
- Cooperation with Romanian stakeholders the outline for a floodplain redevelopment procedure on national level was proposed, based on international and national directives and guidelines as well as Romanian legislation and institutional organisation.
- A pilot area was selected for which a redevelopment plan was defined based on the national level procedure. The plan integrates all relevant functions in the area such as flood protection, agriculture, environment, recreation, industry and social aspects. The plan was developed using public participation techniques: during different sessions local stakeholders were actively involved in defining development variants of the pilot area. The session was supported by relevant experts such as hydrologists, biologists, economists, irrigation specialists and so on.
The methodology was positively received by national, regional and local level stakeholders. This project as well as the Cat’s Bend project (using similar public participation techniques), are regularly mentioned as an example for approaching the problems that are relevant in the Danube floodplains.