The following project in Belgium has benefited from funding under the IRMA programme:

Applicant and project title (in blue)
3/BE/3/053 Ministere Wallon de l’Equipement et des Transports (MET)

Amélioration de la connaissance des zones d’inondation

The project's objective is to improve on the overall knowledge of areas susceptible to flooding on the main waterways of the Meuse basin in Wallonia. The present hydraulic models for high-water wave propagation can only be used to determine potential flood areas if the geometrical and topographical configuration of high and low water riverbeds is adequately known. A general project for systematic topographical measurement is proposed to be essential.

3/BE/3/060 Ministère Wallon de l’Équipement et des Transports (MET)

MOHICAN (Modèle global de simulation du bassin de la Meuse en Région Wallonne)

The main objective of the project is to simulate the hydraulic reactions, with the establishment of the MOHICAN model. This hydraulic model is specifically created to establish the essential factors that influence the behaviour of the river basin, and in a way that they may be globally represented (i.e. rainfall, nature of soils, hydraulic, agricultural planning). These factors shall be coherently integrated into three compartments and scales in time (soils, water tables and the hydraulic network).

3/BE/1/061 Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap - Afdeling Maas en Albertkanaal

Studie opdracht voor het Mijnverzakkingsgebied

The objective of the project is to develop a model within the framework of this study assignment to be able to use it for high water simulations at the site. The study results will clarify the way in which the Meuse dike plan can be developed so that the winter dike design in the mine subsidence area can be based on the study. The overall effect is to give more space to the river, while fitting in the plans of the Living Meuse Border project.

1/BE/1/092 Provincie Limburg

Herstructurering van de Dommel vallei

The project is subdivided into two Flemish sub-projects. For Hageven the aim of the global project is to heighten the level of the water in combination with executing a large amount of ecological works to increase the biodiversity. With respect to the Dommel the objective involves making the river longer and heightening the bed of the Dommel, as well as reparation of fish migration. By buying some parcels of land, the Dommel can re-meander and a drop of 1 metre can be realised.

1/BE/1/125 Ministère Wallon de l’Équipement et des Transports (MET)

Modernisation des barrages de la Haute Sambre

The 12 lock-weirs of the Sambre in the province of Hainaut and notably those of the Upper Sambre are associated with problems because of their varying states of functioning. Operation of these locks is not without danger. Furthermore, the high water retention zones are unmanageable. The aim of the project is to have better control of the water levels in the ponds and retention zones as a result of quicker and easier operation of the lock-weirs. The project will compromise electrification of 36 outlets of the old weirs, and improvement of the control devices for the works which have already been modernised. Lowering of water levels: maximum local drop in water level is 100 millimetres; total drop in water levels over the length of a water course is 3000 m2. Another impact is the improvement in safety for the employees responsible for operating the hardware.

2/BE/1/126 Ministère Wallon de l’Équipement et des Transports (MET)

Amélioration de la capacité d’écoulement de la Haute Meuse

The aim of the project is to restore the natural flow capacity of the River Meuse between the French border and Anseremme in order to reduce the water levels during periods of high water. The project consists of renewing the two weirs at Hastière and Waulsort and dredging the two corresponding courses by partly or completely moving or removing alluvial deposits. This work will lower the water level by 30 - 80 cm during moderately high waters and will facilitate co-ordinated management of the whole of the Upper Meuse. The renewal of the works will be perfectly integrated within the environment; new nature areas will be created, other existing areas will be better protected.


(BE) 1.651.052,-

(FR) 20.705,-

1/BE/1/127 Ministère Wallon de l’Équipement et des Transports (MET)

Aménagement de la Sambre à Merbes-le Chateau

The Upper Sambre (between the French border and Charleroi) regularly suffers from problems due to flooding, which are corresponding with significant damage. The objective is to improve this situation locally in the Sambre in Merbes-le-Chareau. The project will comprise a complete renewal of the current bridge; modernising of the drainage of a section of the Merbes-La Buissière road, to protect it against floods; the elimination of the rocky rear in front of the bridge and dredging here and there of the works in the water course.

3/BE/2/128 Ministère Wallon de l’Équipement et des Transports (MET)

Amélioration du réseau de mesure hydrologique

At present, in the Walloon region, SETHY (Hydrological study service Department) has at its disposal an integrated hydrological management tool called WACONDAH. This model is used to warn against high water in the Meuse. In the related IRMA project 3/BE/1/130, the WACONDAH model will be fine-tuned and improved. The objective of this project (3/BE/2/128) is to improve the handling of crisis situations by means of a better knowledge of the hydrological basin of the Meuse and its tributaries, by improving the existing management and warning system, and by promoting transnational message exchanges, in particular by introducing connections between operating centres. The number of people exposed to information on flood risks and the number of people warned by the improved flood warning system will be 3.000.000. Better management of the crisis will reduce pollution and will also contribute to respect for the environment.

3/BE/1/130 Ministère Wallon de l’Équipement et des Transports (MET)

Modèles de prévision en temps réel

The objective of the project is to improve the handling of crisis situations by improving the system of forecasting. Acquired experience will be publicised by the various concerned authorities by the distribution of assessments after every high-water episode.

2/BE/1/167 Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, afdeling Maas en Albertkanaal

Gemeenschappelijke Maas in Limburg: Werken in het kader van het Maasdijken Plan

These works are part of the ‘Meuse Dike plan’. Through improvement works at the winter dike in Heppeneert (Maaseik), the objectives of this plan will be satisfied: reinforcing and restructuring existing winter dikes where necessary in order to be able to stop rises of a discharge of 3,000 m3 / +0.5 m; constructing new winter dikes where flow route changes are required or where there are no dikes yet in order to protect existing developed areas. About 1 km of dikes will be strengthened. Watercourses discharging into the Meuse are closed off by a structure with anti-return valves/sluices in order to prevent the Meuse water from flowing backwards into the land side at high water. Protecting the inner dike area against flooding will have an impact on agriculture as it will strongly reduce damage to crops and agricultural land and high water.

2/BE/1/168 Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, afdeling Maas en Albertkanaal

Creëren van een natuurlijke zomeroever: Elerweerd

This project is part of an environmental policy plan aiming at carrying out projects for restoring rivers, improving migration and construction of breeding grounds. In addition, this project will, in a certain sense serve as a pilot project for the 'Living Border Meuse Project'. The actions planned in this area concern the lowering of the bank and foreland. The restoration of the bank by taking away the concrete bank defences forms a first stage in the execution of the Living Border Meuse Project on this location. Removal of concrete plates will take place over a distance of approximately 1,5 km.

The IRMA-code refers to the theme (1, 2, 3 or 4), the member state (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg or the Netherlands), the measure (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2 or 3.3) and the project number.

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