Project Service:

Development & Application

Service duration: September 2008 – March 2009
In close cooperation with the Hamburg Port Authority, s.Pro has been responsible for the coordination and management of the overall project development process including:
  • Transforming the original project application that had been rejected once by the Interreg IVC Programme into a successful project application for the North Sea Region,
  • Developing the project outline,
  • Adjusting the partner network to the new project area,
  • Continuous support of the project partners in drawing u their individual work plans and budgets,
  • Development and submission of the Project Application in due time and form. 

In the initial phase between the project approval in September 2009 and its official start in December 2009, s.Pro has been contracted with the temporary project management. Within this period s.Pro created the new TIDE corporate identity: logo, flyer etc. and the www.tide-project.eu website. Also the preparatory meeting held in Hamburg on 2-3 rd of November was organised by s.Pro. On this meeting the four estuaries presented their specific problems, as well as working steps envisaged for the project timeline. 
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Total budget: 
€ 3.7 M
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TIDE is an INTERREG IVB North Sea project for an innovative approach to integrated management of European estuaries with strong tidal influence: Elbe and Weser (Germany), Scheldt (Belgium/Netherlands) and Humber (UK).

All these estuaries show similar characteristics:
  • They are used as shipping channels leading to large ports
  • They are characterised by a strong tidal influence
  • They transport large quantities of sediment
  • Most estuarine areas are designated Natura 2000 sites

... and similar challenges:
  • Sediment transport is steadily increasing
  • Estuarine ecosystem functions are endangered
  • Decision makers are faced with an increasingly challenging legal and global economic framework. EU Directives such as the Birds and Habitats or the Water Framework Directives have to be implemented.
  • In order to maintain their competitive position and ensure the economic prosperity of the region, the large ports need to be further developed.
  • Climate change is likely to worsen these problems in the future, unless appropriate compensation and mitigation measures are found.

TIDE builds on results from other projects, extracts the findings and evaluates best-practice methodologies necessary for managing tidal estuaries. It will integrate all interests and make recommendations on the implementation of the regulatory framework in order to achieve a sustainable development of estuaries in the future. Mitigation and compensation measures (i.e. sediment traps, new dredging methods, restoration of river shores) will be also assessed and tested in practice. New, solution-oriented mitigation methods and strategies for integrated estuarine management will also be developed.