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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. Implementation of management measures to address these pressures requires large investments, long planning periods and stakeholder commitment. Moreover, measure development is challenging for estuary managers due to the demand for innovative, cost-efficient approaches which also deliver multiple benefits.

Objectives

The project addresses the programme’s objective of ‘Developing new methods for the long-term sustainable management of North Sea ecosystems’. The project overall objective is to improve the design, testing and implementation of estuary management measures by using transnational knowledge and integrating stakeholders. International cooperation will lead to more effective measures that cost-effectively deliver multiple benefits, due to the sharing of knowledge and insights on technical and governmental issues. Stakeholder integration will lead to increased acceptance of measures and more efficient implementation, and thereby to a sustained impact.

IMMERSE will focus on creating tangible results which have a real impact during the project’s lifetime, as well as creating a legacy that extends beyond the project lifespan and case estuaries. By connecting knowledge, organisations and practitioners, IMMERSE establishes a forum for the transnational exchange of knowledge and skills on how to address cumulative and in-combination pressures and effective stakeholder integration methods. The project will also act as an incubator to generate new innovative solutions that go beyond accepted engineering approaches. Therefore, IMMERSE will function as an accelerator for new method development by increasing knowledge among partners and estuary actors from across the region, leading to more sustainable estuaries throughout the North Sea region.

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Project background

Estuaries

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. Implementation of management measures to address these pressures requires large investments, long planning periods and stakeholder commitment. Moreover, measure development is challenging for estuary managers due to the demand for innovative, cost-efficient approaches which also deliver multiple benefits.

The IMMERSE project will address the challenges facing North Sea estuaries by advancing management measures through:

– Exploration of ideas and solutions;

– feasibility studies and tests;

– planning for implementation.

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