Press release: New project IMMERSE to combat North Sea estuary management challenges

24 June 2019 - Published by Lisa Simone de Grunt

IMMERSE (IMplementing MEasures for Sustainable Estuaries) is a North Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 project that will run from 01.10.2018 until 30.09.2021.

North Sea Region estuaries are dynamic environments subject to persistent and increasing pressures, such as modified tidal ranges, increased flooding, and higher sedimentation rates, which impact estuary functioning and services. The project aims to accelerate the implementation of large-scale measures that address multiple estuary management challenges, while increasing their cost-efficiency and enhancing stakeholder commitment. The 11 project partners from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom will work on developing solutions for seven North Sea estuaries.

IMMERSE will address the challenges facing North Sea estuaries by investing in improvement of management measures, including the development of new and innovative techniques. Project activities will improve understanding of estuary pressures and subsequently propose better management solutions. The project partners plan to not only understand their own estuaries better, but also to share knowledge across and beyond the North Sea Region. Knowledge-exchange in expert groups will provide different angles of expertise for solution development, and help build of a network of estuary managers and experts.

The project kick-off meeting took place on 1-2 October 2018 and the first project materials will be published on the website: Stay in touch with IMMERSE by following the project on Twitter (@IMMERSE_NSR) and LinkedIn.

IMMERSE is co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme 2014 - 2020. The total budget for the project is 3.764.138 EUR, with a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund of 1.822.069 EUR.