The RiverAlert project addresses a great challenge for both countries to establish an operational and sustainable telemetric water and sediment quantity monitoring system for water directorates and civil protection authorities in the Strymon/Struma riverbasin.
The specific objectives of the project are:
Establishment of network of compatible and inter-calibrated sensors able to transmit reliable and compatible water and sediment quantity data following standardised methodology with common specifications, implementing article 8 of WFD,
Development of common floods and erosion risk assessment software tools to civil protection in the riverbasin while implementing Floods Directive and Desertification Convention, and
Establishment of cross-border supportive infrastructures (Decision Rooms) for fast joint response reactions to ensure the functioning of the system while providing reliable data process for risk assessment.
The AutoNest project is funded by the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programme “Greece Bulgaria 2007-2013”, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and national funds of the participating countries.
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RiverAlert project‘s outputs:
1. Inventory of existing organizational and technical capacity
2. Common technical specifications of the monitoring network and e-tools
3. Fully functional telemetric networks in both the Greek and Bulgarian part
4. Common methodologies for calibration, debugging and quality control of telemetric data
5. Common telemetric data processing and harmonization methodologies
6. Expert System for predicting flood and erosion situations on a real time basis in both the Greek and Bulgarian part
7. e-tools and infrastructure to support competent authorities in water and sediment quantity monitoring and management (database, webIMS, expert system, decision rooms) in both the Greek and Bulgarian part
8. Training of local officers and actors in monitoring water and sediment quantity based on Floods Directive and Desertification Convention principles in both the Greek and Bulgarian part
9. Training of local officers in the operational use of telemetric networks in both the Greek and Bulgarian part
10. Publicity (press releases, publications)
RiverAlert project‘s results:
1. Civil protection against floods and erosion
2. Increased capacity of competent authorities
3. Improved water management policies including planning and evaluation of effectiveness using the telemetric data
4. Comparable, continuous and reliable water and sediment quantity datasets
5. Infrastructural improvement and development
6. Real time data to support water policies and water users
7. Public awareness and increased citizens’ sense of security and safety
The partnership of the project consists of:
- Water Directorate of East Macedonia and Thrace, Decentalized Administration of Macedonia Thrace,
- The Balkan Environment Center and
- Club "Economika 2000"
Partners have a different, but complementary, experience, know-how and ‘point of view’, bringing thus a unique contribution to the implementation of the project.
Lead Partner (P1): Water Directorate of East Macedonia and Thrace, Decentalized Administration of Macedonia Thrace
The Water Directorate of East Macedonia and Thrace, Decentalized Administration of Macedonia Thrace is responsible for the integrated protection and management of waters resources in a way that ensures the ecological status of water bodies and at the same time provides a sufficient supply of good quality water as needed for sustainable, balanced and equitable use to the benefit of the society. The Water Directorate has a considerable experience in the management of EU and national funds and participates as project leader in several EU funded projects.
Partner 2 (P2): The Balkan Environment Center (BEC)
The Balkan Environment Center (BEC) is a body governed by public law aiming to promote sustainable environmental management in South-Eastern Europe. BEC was founded under the framework of the O.P. INTERREG III/A CARDS Greece - FYROM 2000-2006 as a scientific support structure of regional and local administration in relation to environment. BEC focuses on the development and implementation of activities for the scientific support of decision and policy makers, the research and development of high-tech environmental technology, exchange of know-how and implementation of training and educational activities related to the environment.
Partner 3 (P3): Club “Economika 2000”
Club “Economika 2000” is a high-tech research and training Bulgarian non-governmental organization with over 16-year experience to real economy restructuring, regional development, environment protection and management, social policy and public administration reform. Club “Economika 2000” is registered with PHARE Central Consultancy Register - (since 1995, reg. No BUL-20462) and is a full member of The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Club “Economika 2000” has a considerable experience in hi-tech applications (e.g. software, e-tools), management of technological innovations, environmental and Information Technology and know-how transfer. Finally, Club “Economika 2000” is actively involved in Institutional development of environmental organizations and the support of local and national actors, stakeholders and decision makers in activities of sustainable development and environmental management.
The project activities are divided into six work packages. They are:
WP1- Management and Coordination
WP2- Information and Publicity,
WP3- Infrastructure development for water and sediment quantity data acquisition,
WP4- Standarization methodology for obtaining common specifications,
WP5- Developing floods and erosion risk assessment tools, and
WP6- Pilot functioning of the system”.