Waterways for Growth
Waterways for Growth: Sustainable Development of Inland Waterways in the North Sea Region


Taking forward opportunities afforded by recreational inland waterways for the development and realisation of business opportunities and creating attractive places near where people live and work.

The project implemented a number of themed initiatives on business and product development, waterway regeneration and the sustainable management of waterway resource.

01/01/2009 - 31/12/2012
4 - Promoting Sustainable and Competitive Communities
Area of Intervention
4.2 Promoting sustainable growth solutions for expanding areas
ERDF Grant
1,663,342.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
133.219,00 €
Total Eligible Budget
3,770,748.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
Canal & River Trust
Chris Barnett
Tel: +44 1908 351852
Project Homepage
Beneficiaries per Country
United Kingdom
British Waterways
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Telemark Fylkeskommune
Lansstyrelsen Varmland
City of Karlstad
Forshaga Municipality
Grums Municipality
Hammarö Municipality
Kils Municipality
BIS Bremerhaven Touristik
The Netherlands
Gemeente Emmen
Gemeente Langedijk
Stichting Recreatietoer-vaart Nederland
Toerisme Scheldeland
Province of West Flanders
Background and Aim

The aim of the project was to develop a transnational framework to coordinate the sustainable development of inland waterways at national, regional and local levels throughout the North Sea Region.

The framework focused on three key areas of activity: (1) business and product development, (2) waterway regeneration, (3) sustainable management of the waterway resource, in terms of the natural environment, sustainable transport and built heritage. The development of the framework was supported by means of a series of practical measures and pilot actions to further the economic and sustainable development. Evaluation of the pilot actions contributed to development of the framework and led to further practical actions for taking the sustainable development of inland waterways forward and suggesting priorities for future funding and investment in the sector.

There is growing interest in revitalising inland waterways as a catalyst for economic and social development and area-based regeneration. Waterways support economic growth in two ways: through businesses activity (including recreation, tourism and transport) and through providing attractive places close to where people live and work, linking towns and cities with their surrounding countryside.

  • A framework for the sustainable development of inland waterways
  • New and expanded businesses based on waterways
  • A common approach to regenerate historic waterways
  • Extension of the network of recreational waterways
  • New approaches to further develop the sustainable development of waterways.

Joint working (3) Telemark Museum Exchange visit to Bremen

Joint working (2)Telemark Dream Mile delgation hear about Bingley Interpretaion Project

Joint working (1) WfG Business Development sub group meeting Bremen

Looking forward (2) - Social Enterprise & the waterways Osterdel, Langedijk

Looking forward (1) - Social Enterprise & the waterways Osterdel, Langedijk

Sustainable development, Community involvement (Lake Vanern, Varmland)

Eco Tourism, helping sustainable development (Water walks, Lake Vanern Varmland)

Sustainable development of the waterways (Tourism & Freight opportunities, Lake Vanern)

Business and Regeneration opportunities Roeselare Harbour, West Flanders

Opportunities arise from restoration of waterway links (Erica - Ter Apel)

Regeneration & Restoration - Opening of the Erca - Ter Apel link

Promoting the project - Final outputs via the Animation (NSR Ann Conf July 2013)

Promoting the project - Ole Sørensen addresses the WfG Final Conference

Promoting the Project - Bremehaven July 2012

Promoting Festivals & Events along waterways (Glenn opens the Shanty Festival!)

Telemark Canoeing developments (Trails, races & businesses)

Innovative uses of waterways (Langedijk)

Business Development - Telemark promoting big cruise ships

The framework will set out our vision for the future sustainable management if Inland Waterways

Waterways can form the focus of regeneration projects

Waterways can contribute to developing a greener society

Waterways play a key part in developing Regional growth
WfG Summary - as presented at the Final Conf Oct12
WfG Yachting Handbook
Cultural heritage & natural environment opportunities
Branding & Cross promotion between partners
Potential collaboration for Organisations post WfG ("The Innovation Hub")
Social Economy case study - The Oosterdel area, Langedijk
WfG Brochure (Part 2)
WfG Brochure (Part 1)
WfG Newsletter No 3
WfG Newsletter No 2
WfG Newsletter No 1
Smartphone App useage Scheldeland - presentation
Bradford Canal restoration Masterplan - presentation
Erica - Ter Apel restoration - presentation
Bingley Five Rise - how to use the App with the leaflet
Bingley Five Rise leaflet
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e8 site plan)
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e7 site plan)
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e6 perspective)
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e5 perspective)
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e4 perspective)
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e3 facade)
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e2 facade)
WfG Focal Service Point (Plan e1 Floor plan)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 12)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 11)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 10)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 9)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 8)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 7)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 6)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 5)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 4)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 3)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan 2)
Focal Service Points Guide 1 (general plans)
Focal Service Points Guide (design description)
Focal Service Points Guide (plan directory)
Focal Service Points Guide (costs estimating)
Bremerhaven Flyer Audioguide
Bingley Five Rise Interpretation Guide (exc cover)
River Cruise & Ocean Cruise Ship Part 2
River Cruise & Ocean Cruise Ship Part1
The social economy and the stewardship of waterway corridors
Waterways for Growth FRAMEWORK for the Sustainable Development of Inland Waterways
Waterways for Growth FINAL REPORT

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