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Three new actions for ALFA

Water friendly land management, modelling and dialogue with the public: these are three new actions for the ALFA project! The other good news is that the ALFA project period has been extended and will end on December 31st 2014. In the meantime all the ALFA project partners will continue exchanging knowledge by learning from each other. The next ALFA meeting will be held in June, where the partners will discuss the new projects and visit one of them: the water friendly farm in Deventer (The Netherlands).

Water Friendly Land Management
The modern biologic dynamic agricultural farm that is joining ALFA is mentioned in Dutch ‘Natuurderij Keizersrande’. In this newly built farm a part will be arranged for a visitor and education centre. Education will also be a major item for the German and British ALFA partners, who are developing similar initiatives. The German Struktur- und Genemingungsdirektion Sued is developing a water friendly forest in the Hördt and the British Eden Rivers Trust is developing a water friendly education and demonstration site at Newton Rigg College (Penrith). The ALFA group will produce best practice guidelines on water friendly land management.

Modeling for Water Management
Hydrological models, hydraulic models, forecasting models, all these models are important for water management, for example to predict the eventual flooding of rivers. In this ALFA project partners will discuss how they could cooperate on the modelling of river systems.

Dialogue with the public
The Emscher is a tributary of the river Rhine catchment, running through the densely populated Ruhr area in Germany. Its catchment covers 865 km2. Since the 19th century the Emscher and its tributaries were systematically developed as open wastewater sewers due to industrialisation and extensive charcoal mining. 40% of the area became polders because of heavy subsidence due to mining. The bed of the Emscher and its tributaries were lowered and dykes were built over long stretches, in order to protect the cities from flooding. In the Emscher Dialogue, that will be held in October 2013, the rehabilitation of the river Emscher will be discussed with representatives of the whole Emscher catchment, like municipalities, authorities, NGO’s and scientists and with the ALFA partners.

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