Current (agricultural) land use causes major problems for water management, such as floods, drought, eutrophication and pollution. Climate change aggravates these issues as we face wetter springs, drier summers, rising sea levels and more erratic rainfall patterns. The current solutions are often mono-functional and counterproductive for other functions.
This pilot project demonstrates an integrated innovation in water management and land use. The project demonstrates that water storage can be combined with drought prevention and nature conservation in a way that’s both environmentally and ecologically sound. This can be done by cleaning the water in an artificial wetland with reeds, before storage. This pilot project serves as a model for large-scale implementation of this new form of land use. The reeds are cut annually to be used as biomass for energy production.