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Ranscombe Farm

Shaping Climate Change Adaptive Places (SCAPE)

Value of EU Grant - €395,137

Name of funding programme - Interreg 5A 2 Seas Programme

Start and end dates - September 2016 to August 2020

SCAPE (Shaping Climate Change Adaptive PlacEs) is a project that brings together partners from the UK, Netherlands and Belgium. It aims to develop 'Landscape-led Design' (LLD) solutions for water management that make coastal landscapes in the 2 Seas area better adapted and more resilient to climate change. The partners we are working with are:

  • Ostend City Council (BE)
  • Farys (Public Water Management Company) (BE)
  • Province of West Flanders (Regional Council) (BE)
  • Flemish Environment Agency (BE)
  • Brighton & Hove City Council (UK)
  • Municipality of Middelburg (NE)
  • Waterboard Scheldestromen (NE)

Aims and objectives

SCAPE will work with the key stakeholders to:

  • Increase the cost effectiveness of water management techniques
  • Deliver pilots to test innovative tools and solutions that reduce surface flooding
  • Provide wider community benefits.

SCAPE is part financed through the Interreg 2 Seas Programme. This is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme and therefore an integral part of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy. It promotes cross-border cooperation between the coastal regions of four Member States: France, England, Belgium/Flanders and the Netherlands.

Anticipated outcomes

The project will bring together water managers, planners and architects from across the partnership to jointly develop an approach that uses the landscape to tackle water management problems in rural, urban and fringe coastal areas.

Key benefits for Kent

This project is being delivered through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme. It will focus on the lower catchment of the River Darent and deliver landscape-led enhancements that will support the reduction of the impact of drought on low flows in the river as well as flooding between Otford and the Thames.