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Climate Changing? Meuse Adapting!


Andreas Vesaliuslaan 8

3500 Hasselt
Belgium, Flanders
phone : 32 (0)1 122 54 46
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website : www.riou.be
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Les actualité du partenaire :

  • Visite de site - village de Ny et plaines de Naives - Belgique
  • Work Package 1 starts !
  • AMICE officially approved
  • First Project Steering Group meeting
  • Progresses from WP1
  • WP3 Partners want to increase interactions between their respective actions
  • Project Steering Group meeting report - First Payment Claim
  • WP2 Partners share experience
  • WP2 Partners share experience
  • WP2 Partners share experience
  • Première réception de fonds FEDER par le projet AMICE
  • WP3 Partners meeting in Hasselt
  • WP4 progresses
  • WP4 progresses
  • WP4 progresses
  • Visites de Site - HOWABO et Steenbergse Vliet - Pays-Bas
  • Natural water retention in the Ardennes
  • Première parution de la newsletter AMICE
  • Symposium Meuse - la session AMICE
  • Project Steering Group 3 - meeting report
  • Nouvelles des investissements du WP2
  • Deuxième édition de Meuse et Climat !
  • WP2 meeting
  • AMICE Site Visit on Amel Amblève
  • WP3 meeting and visit of the Urft dam
  • Lancement du Cluster SICadapt!
  • 3ème édition de Meuse et Climat
  • Project Steering Group 5
  • Séminaire de préparation à l Exercice Transnational de gestion de crise inondation
  • Cluster Website and Expert Board
  • Visite de Site AMICE en Allemagne
  • WP3-WP2 joint meeting
  • Partage d information sur l organisation des exercices inondation nationaux
  • Meuse et Climat 4 fait le point sur les activités récentes du projet AMICE
  • Project Steering Group 8
  • Meuse et Climat 5
  • WP1 meeting
  • International Symposium on Hydraulic Engineering Aachen (IWASA)
  • AMICE final conference : in preparation
  • climate impacts and climate proofed measures
  • Project Steering Group n.7
  • Which AMICE investment is the best ?
  • Feedback on the Walloon and French flood exercises
  • Partners' interviews on Investments
  • Visite de site à Hotton le 21 juin
  • Premier Atelier pour la définition de la Stratégie d'Adaptation Climatique d'AMICE
  • Deuxième atelier pour la définition de la Stratégie d'Adaptation AMICE
  • Old River Meuse and Super Hero AMICE
  • Apprenez les paroles de la chanson AMICE
  • AMICE Project Steering Group n°8
  • Climate workshop at the Interreg IV B Annual Event
  • Proposition de méthode agro-environnementale pour la gestion des crues.
  • Meuse et Climat n°7
  • Lessons learnt from the AMICE investments
  • Rapport sur les ateliers de travail pour la définition d'une stratégie d'adaptation sur la Meuse
  • SICadapt! final conference held in Lille
  • Quel impact du changement climatique sur les activitiés le long de la Meuse ?
  • La conférence finale en images!
  • Meuse and Climate n° 8
  • RIOU vzw

    A propos

    Riou is one of the partners dealing with natural water retention.

    In fact floods and droughts are two aspects of just one problem.

    The idea is that sources areas and floodplains in the upper parts of the catchment basin can play an important role for the whole of the Meuse basin. Condition is they can function in a natural way. When the bog, moor and fen vegetation is well developed it acts as a sponge for the sky-water. This presents a double benefit. First, in case of high water the flood is slowed down because the water will saturate the natural sponges first. Only when the sponge is full will the extra water flow into the brooks and the rivers. Second, as the water is kept in the sponges it also has enough time to infiltrate the soil. The water thus kept in the system presents a welcome reserve in times of drought.
    In the Ardennes a number of small tributaries of the Meuse are being restored to their natural situation by Riou's local partner Natagora/BNVS. The key question now is: has the restoration of the river valleys as it is carried out an influence on the discharge of the brooks? In other words:does a more natural hydrological situation help us retaining more water in the system thus avoiding drought problems? In AMICE an hydrological study will be carried out in order to answer these questions.

    In this same philosophy it is also important to know which vegetation types correspond with more natural brook ecosystems. Put in a more simple way: which plants build up the natural sponges? In order to build up a solid ecological knowledge, last summer a large number of botanical releves were made in the Emmels valley.

    Hydrological data combined with ecological knowledge will give us precious information on the possibilities of small scale natural water retention.

    Rôle dans le projet AMICE

    Communication manager for the AMICE project.


    - Bibliography on ecology

    WP2 :

    - RIOU is responsible for the monitoring of the natural water retention zones in the Ardennes and for the prospection on new sites


    - Organisation of the 3 International Events

    - Coordination of the film on the Meuse

    - Coordination of the site visits

    Specific communication actions :

    - Site visit on at least 1 site of natural water retention

    - Redaction of special issue of the Mosa Natura newsletter

    - Coordination of communication with local actors and local administrations in sites of natural water retention

    - Coordination with EPAMA of the internal project communication

    - Coordination with EPAMA for designing communication tools such as brochures, flyers, panels, scale models, etc

    RIOU has been for years the coordinator of the informal international network ‘Mosa Natura’ that brings together more than 50 organisations (governemental and NGO’s) from all along the river Meuse. Several partners in AMICE are members of Mosa Natura. Partners will be invited to Mosa Natura’s activities. The whole of the knowledge, the experience and the networking-capacity of Mosa Natura will be available for AMICE.