Projects

TIDE
Tidal River Development


Summary

TIDE considered tidally influenced North Sea Region estuaries with large sediment transportation, which were used as shipping channels to large harbours. The ecosystem services of intertidal and shallow estuarine habitats were threatened and needed to be considered to ensure economic benefits and the maintenance of ecologically important areas. At the same time, decision-makers at these estuaries were faced with an increasingly challenging legal and global economic framework.

TIDE led the path towards a more sustainable and effective use of large scale investments made into mitigation and compensation measures in North Sea Region estuaries by applying for the first time a unified ecosystem approach to guide the process of integrated participatory management planning.

Thus TIDE not only improved the effectiveness of European, national and regional policy and provided instruments for regional development, but made an essential contribution towards a more sustainable and effective use of investment into North Sea estuaries - since their planning would be based on a unified assessment concept and integrated management planning procedures.

Duration
01/01/2010 - 31/12/2012
Priority
2 - Promoting the Sustainable Management of our Environment
Area of Intervention
2.1 Sustainable development of the coastal land and sea areas through integrated coastal zone management
ERDF Grant
1,865,740.00 €
Total Eligible Budget
3,731,480.00
Lead Beneficiary
Hamburg Port Authority, Germany
Johanna Kn√ľppel
johanna.knueppel@hpa.hamburg.de
Tel: +49 40 42847 3059
Project Homepage
Beneficiaries per Country
Germany
Hamburg Port Authority
Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency
Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
University of Bremen
The Netherlands
Rijkswaterstaat
Belgium
Flemish Authorities, Department of Mobility and Public Works
Antwerp Port Authority
University of Antwerp
United Kingdom
Environment Agency
Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull
Background and Aim

Aim
The TIDE approach linked ecosystem services with economic values by coupling the physical needs for economical development with quantified ecosystem resilience needs. TIDE also derived and implemented new solution-oriented initiatives. Thus TIDE not only improved the effectiveness of European, national and regional policy and provided instruments for regional development, but made an essential contribution towards a more sustainable and effective use of investment into North Sea estuaries.

Background
TIDE focused on macro tidal estuaries used as shipping channels leading to large harbours further inland.

Increasing in the future is tidal action and sediment transportation that is very high and will steadily increase as the ecosystem services of intertidal and shallow estuarine habitats are threatened. At the same time decision-makers at these estuaries are faced with an increasingly challenging legal and global economic framework.

Clear objectives and tools were needed to ensure the proper implementation of the EU directives, such as the BHD and WFD. By quantifying resilience as a concept within the TIDE project, it was possible for the first time to synchronise the initiatives of estuaries which featured the same problems.

 

  • Create same level of understanding among regional and international partners
  • Set up of regional estuary working groups (REWG)
  • SWOT analysis in each estuary as basis for future activities - areas for improvement identified
  • Specific roadmap for an Integrated Estuarine Management Plan for each demo area (SRIEMP), activity plan for project period and beyond
  • Convince policy makers: Harmonized starting point for future estuary management
  • Refined SRIEMP produced for each estuary
  • Stronger involvement of stakeholders and general public in all estuaries
  • Improve knowledge on morphological and ecological interrelation - diminish return of dredged material into estuary
  • TIDE Measure Box available to other estuary managers, experts and decision-makers
  • Basis laid for estuary specific tasks and comparative analyses
  • Further development of tools, measures, governance structures - TORs for joint guidelines.
Project News

Humber conference

TIDE presentation_INTERREG exhibition_Hamburg town hall

Final Conference_Panel

Final Conference_Audience

TIDE presentation at North Sea Region Programme Conference

Kick-off Conference

Kick-off Meeting_Study tour_River Schelde
Documents
Management of Estuaries. The need to understand nature and society
Morphological management of estuaries
"Comparative Analysis of Sediment Management- Strategies in the Estuaries of Humber, Scheldt, Elbe and Weser"
Understanding TIDE
TIDE Summary Report: Towards integrated management
The Potential Alternative Uses of Dredged Material in the Humber Estuary
Sediment relocation to shallow water near Walsoorden sandbar
Secondary channels in European estuaries
Restoration of a tidal foreland in the Werderland region (English)
Restoration of a tidal foreland in the Werderland region (German)
Mitigation measures in the estuary mouth
Management measures analysis and comparison
Hard Substrate Habitats Outer Weser Estuary (German)
Hard Substrate Habitats Outer Weser Estuary (English)
Evaluation of the sediment-trap near Wedel
Dredging and disposal strategies of the Weser estuary
Dredging and disposal strategies of the Scheldt estuary
Dredging and disposal strategies of the Humber estuary
Dredging and disposal strategies of the Elbe estuary
Anabranch revitalization lower Weser estuary
The tidal Elbe - a people's perspective
Legislative Drivers & Sectoral Plan Review of TIDE Estuaries
Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment - Evaluation of assessment tools and methods, Lot 2: Analysis of case studies in port development projects in European estuaries
Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment - Evaluation of assessment tools and methods, Lot 1: Legal and procedural aspects of the EU Directives
Development / implementation of a new communication concept
Analysis of the TIDE Estuarine Conflict Martice
Zonation of the TIDE estuaries
Shallow water areas in North Sea estuaries. Changing patterns and sizes of habitats influenced by human activities in the Elbe, Humber, Scheldt and Weser
Scheldt Estuary Evaluation Methodology
Sand balance approach
Moneos: Integrated Monitoring of the Scheldt Estuary
Modelling the oxygen budget of the Elbe-Estuary
Manual for valuation of ecosystem services in estuaries
Interestuarine comparison: Hydro-geomorphology
Ecosystem Service Assessment of TIDE Estuaries
Determinants of bird habitat use in TIDE estuaries
Comparison of Hydrodynamics and Salinity of TIDE Estuaries
An interestuarine comparison for ecology in TIDE
TIDE Facts: A New Sediment Disposal Strategy for the Scheldt
TIDE Facts: The Weser Estuary
TIDE Facts: The Humber Estuary
TIDE Facts: The Elbe Estuary
TIDE Times Issue 01 (German)
Flyer TIDE English

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