Advisory Group meeting Catch on May 29 in Enschede

14 June 2019 - Published by Manon van de Riet
On Wednesday May 29th 2019 we organized our annual Advisory Board meeting in Enschede, the Netherlands. The advisory group consist of 13 members from outside the CATCH partnership. The group is chaired by the Chairman of Vechtstromen Water Authority, Stefan Kuks. Other present members were representatives from Anglia Water (UK), University of Oldenburg (D), Saxion University of applied Sciences (NL), Dutch association of regional water authorities (NL) Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (NL) Agency for Public Works and Water Management (NL) and the Municipality of Herentals (B).

The advisory group functions as a panel for reflection on the development of the web based tool and roadmap. Besides the members of the advisory group disseminate the project results and products in their own network for further uptake. The meeting started with an excursion to several climate adaptation projects in Enschede.

Advisory Group meeting Catch on May 29 in Enschede

During the plenary sessions the Advisory Group was presented the first draft of the Catch decision support tool we are developing. This tool is designed to help to demonstrate en accelerate the redesign of urban water management of midsize cities in the North Sea Region in order to become climate resilient cities that are sustainable, livable and profitable in the long term. With this tool cities can get insight in their own situation and can get inspired via the Catch pilots.


The Advisory Board congratulated us on the hard work. They were impressed by the great ambition the tool showed. It advised to scale down the tool, make it even easier to use and test it again with the seven cities that are part of the Catch project. In doing so, it will be a great tool and other cities will use it. Suggestions were made on what to do with the tool beyond the Catch project.

It was a fruitful meeting with a lot of aspects to think and work on in the coming months.