A cluster Project on Water management in a changing Climate, Adaptation to new conditions, and Promotion of new strategies


As historical hydrological patterns can no longer be solely relied upon to forecast future water conditions, a new paradigm for water management is needed. The WaterCAP cluster connected six Interreg IVB funded projects (CPA, Aquarius, SAWA, C2C-islands and CLIWAT) working with issues relating to water.

The project focused on recommendations relevant to policy-makers on water quantity/quality issues, climate change impact assessment on different types of water bodies and adaptation strategies including cross-sector involvement and participatory approaches.

01/10/2011 - 31/03/2013
2 - Promoting the Sustainable Management of our Environment
ERDF Grant
374,854.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
0.00 €
Total Eligible Budget
749,707.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
Central Denmark Region, Denmark (Representing project CLIWAT)
Rolf Johnsen
Tel: +45 8728 5205
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Beneficiaries per Country
United Kingdom
Macaulay Landuse Research Institute (Representing project Aquarius)
Central Denmark Region (Representing project CLIWAT)
Aarhus university (Representing project CLIWAT)
GEUS (Representing project CLIWAT)
Knowledge center for agriculture (Representing project Aquarius)
HafenCity University (Representing project SAWA)
Seeconsult GmbH (Representing project CLIWAT)
Water board of Oldenburg and East Frisia (Representing project C2CI)
University of Oldenburg (Representing project CPA)
The Netherlands
Provincie Zeeland (Representing project CPA)
Provincie Drenthe (Representing project Aquarius)
Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (Representing project CPA)
Gent University, Civil engineering (Representing project CPA)
Background and Aim


The aim of the WaterCAP cluster project was to match individual project findings with EU, national and regional policies and to give specific feedback to the EU policy level and the newly established Adaptation Steering Group in relation to ‘Climate Proofing’ present and future initiatives such as the Water Framework Directive, Groundwater Directive, Floods Directive, the Habitats Directive, Research directive and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).


Water Management is one of the key elements when preparing for future challenges related to climate change. Climate change models indicate that temperatures as well as precipitation will increase in Northern Europe. This will result in a spatial and temporal change in water quality, drought and flooding. Furthermore, sea level rise will increase the risk of coastal flooding. These challenges call for integrated management in the private and public sector.

The overall theme in this cluster project was adaptation to climate change, i.e. its effects on the hydrological cycle and how we can deal with the challenges it creates for our society and natural habitats in order to better manage these and ensure greater resilience.

Related projects:

  • CPA
  • Aquarius
  • SAWA
  • C2C-islands
  • Synthesis of knowledge on water quantity/quality
  • Synthesis of tools for analysing climate change effects on the water cycle
  • Best practice guide on adaptation measures identified in the involved projects
  • Policy recommendations on water quantity/quality issues, climate change impact assessment and adaptation strategies

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