Project Aims & Objectives

Project Aims & Objectives

What is TRAP about?

The Territories of Rivers Action Plans (TRAP) project is about bringing together river basin & landscape protection, with regional growth models and solutions. This is called 'integrated river & river territory development'.

While the protection of rivers basins & river territories is not negotiable, the costs associated with it must be explicitly balanced by income through growth and rationalised by suitable development actions.

The protection element of the TRAP project deals with the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the European Landscape Convention (ELC). The WFD benchmark is for partners’ water basins to ensure ‘good water status’ by 2015 (EC deadline). The ELC benchmark is protecting the physical, cultural, historical and built landscape by valuing it in local development and land use provisions, a demanding objective especially in circumstances of critical economic situations or economic land use pressures.

The growth solutions and model side aspect of the project is based on an understanding of eco system services, land use criteria and growth poles that are compatible or can be addressed in such a way so that they become compatible with environmental protection. TRAP aims to identify trade-offs between the protection and the rehabilitation costs of water basins and compatible economic development models.

As in all Interreg IV C projects, the good practices identified within TRAP are transferred to those regions that have a need for them. The regional needs are assessed through objective questionnaires and subjective interviews with regional stakeholders in every partner regions.

What are the aims of TRAP?

The overall aim of TRAP is to benefit from interregional exchange and analyse, contextualise and transfer good practices in integrated water and landscape management among the partner regions.

During the project, each Partner Region will implement a series of tools for dealing both with economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability. The European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth "Europe 2020 Strategy” addresses these challenges – aiming to stimulate growth and create more and better jobs, while making the economy greener and more innovative. TRAP will integrate the Water Framework Directive, The European Landscapes convention and the EU 2020 Strategy in the service of river management, implementing good practices.

What are the objectives of TRAP?

The overarching ambition of the TRAP project is to collect, analyse, transfer and disseminate good practices in river basin & territory management in the following four Thematic Areas of Governance, Monitoring, Aquatic Environment and River Tourism.

The main objectives of TRAP are as follows:

  • Improved policy tools and understanding of integrated river basin management, including sustainable economic development
  • Strengthening of consensus and policy coherence for integrated river basin management
  • Enhanced implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the European Landscape Convention at regional Level

What are some of the predicted project outputs of TRAP

  • Analysis and exchange of Good Practises within the partnership
  • Study visits throughout the partnership
  • Project Dissemination material (Project Website, Newsletter & Brochures)

What are some of the predicted results from TRAP?

TRAP has promised to contribute 23 good practices on integrated river & river territory management, to jointly develop a Regional Attractive Growth Model, and to transfer at least one good practice for each partner.

If you have any questions about TRAP...

They can be addressed to the following people:

  • Overall project responsible & Component 1 coordinator: Kainuun Etu OY (Ninetta Chaniotou, ninetta.chaniotou@kainuunetu.fi; mobile +358 44 5514559)
  • Component 2 Communication & Dissemination coordinator: South West Regional Authority (Bryan Riney, briney@swra.ie, phone +353214876877)
  • Component 3 Good practice analysis and policy impact coordinator: Kainuun Etu OY (Silja Keränen, silja.keranen@kainuunetu.fi, mobile +358 44 5514615 and Ninetta Chaniotou, ninetta.chaniotou@kainuunetu.fi; mobile +358 44 5514559)

If you want to access information and some outputs from TRAP...

Access to final project deliverables is available from the DOWNLOADS section and include:

  • Component 1: Agendas of the interregional meetings & important presentations.
  • Component 2: Project brochure, poster, mouse pad, programmes and presentations from significant events into which TRAP contributed, links to relevant sites
  • Component 3: Good practice descriptions & associated synthesis report, regional needs analysis & associated synthesis report, good practice transfer actions plans, information on final good practice transfer and publication of endorsement documents, Attractive Regional Growth Model handbook. For information on project events & other types of news please check the activity stream.
  • For interregional events, go to INTERREGIONAL NEWS
  • For regional events, go to REGIONAL NEWS, where there are provisions for each partner to update on own activities

The Budget for TRAP

€1,935,936.50 Interreg IV C / Territorial cooperation;

European Regional Development Fund 75%
Partners own contribution 25%

The Duration of TRAP

Sunday, 1st January, 2012 – Wednesday, 31st December, 2014

INTERREG IV C Project Index

  • 1006 R4 TRAP (Territories Of Rivers Actions Plans)
  • Type of intervention. Regional initiative project
  • Priority: 2. Environment & risk prevention
  • Sub theme: Water management

Acknowledgements

TRAP project is made possible through the Interregional Cooperation Programme (INTERREG IV C) programme (http://www.interreg4c.eu) and is co-financed by the European Regional development Fund. INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

Interreg IV C: The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by European Union's Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk presentation. €302 million is available for project funding but, more than that a wealth of knowledge and potential solution are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

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Official Project Outputs

TRAP aims to contribute 23 good practices on integrated river & river territory management, to jointly develop a Regional Attractive Growth Model, and to transfer at least one good practice for each partner.

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