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February 4, 2013 / landscapeiskingston

Waterways for Growth: Towards Europe 2020

Several Waterways Forward partners have also been involved in the ‘Waterways for Growth’ project – an EU funded project, recently completed by 15 partners from 6 countries around the North Sea and supported by the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme.  The project aimed to create a framework for the sustainable development of inland waterways and develop best practice in:

The inland waterway network of canals, navigable rivers and lakes forms a significant and distinctive element of the infrastructure of the North Sea Region.  The waterways were constructed and developed to transport goods, linking inland regions with the sea.  Now there is increasing interest in the multiple benefits that waterways can deliver in terms of enhancing the quality of life of the Region’s inhabitants.

Waterways for Growth explored how our inland waterways can best support economic growth, through encouraging business activity and by creating attractive places near which people can live and work.  All this is underpinned by the sustainable management and development of the waterways and their surroundings.

Inland waterways cross a range of policy areas at European, national, regional and local levels – transport, regeneration, business & entrepreneurship, health, cultural heritage, the natural environment and climate change.  The aim of Waterways for Growth was to create a transnational Framework to support a more strategic and consistent approach to the development of our multifunctional inland waterway resource.  For further  information on the project click here to view the project website.

Waterways for Growth followed on from and builds on ideas developed through the earlier Interreg IIIB North Sea Region project Canal Link – see www.canal-link.com/.

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