We are active in the following case studies (among others):
- Pangani river basin (Tanzania/Kenya)
The upper Pangani river basin (13,400 km2) is located in Eastern Africa shared by Tanzania and Kenya. The basin suffers from water scarcity arising due to population growth, economic development, climate change and variability and pollution. Rivers that used to flow whole year through are drying up, and there are ecohydrological stresses on ecosystems, lack of effective water management and water allocation problems. The Pangani case is ideal to illustrate participatory approaches and stakeholder involvement, eco-system services, water productivity, water scarcity, water allocation and water accounting approaches.
The Pangani basin is studies within the VLIR-UOS programme with Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology and the VLIR-TEAM project SMART-ET.
- Biebrza river basin (Poland)
The Upper Biebrza Basin (Northeast Poland) is a protected river valley which is a part of the Biebrza National Park - added to the RAMSAR Convention list as one of the most important worldwide wetlands. The valley has been formed as an ice marginal valley and is relatively long (40 km) and narrow (2-3 km), which is crossed by numerous ditches of reclamation system build in 70’ties of 20th century and play a role of floodplain during a spring floods. It is filled with the thick deposits of peat (usually 2-5 m) partly underlain by gyttja layer (1-4 m).
The upper Bierbza river basin is studied within the HIWET project
- The Zenne Catchment (Belgium)
The River Zenne, a tributary of the river Scheldt in Belgium, drains an area of 1162 km2. To protect the urban area of Brussels from flooding there are several overflows from the River Zenne to a nearby navigation canal. Downstream of Brussels, the excess water is flowing back from the canal to the river. In the Brussels region, the river is almost entirely vaulted. The river receives (treated) wastewater emissions of about 2 million inhabitant equivalents, as well as emissions through combined sewer overflows.
- Blue Nile catchment (Ethiopia)