Title: Euwareness Report: Case Study 2 (Belgium): Dender River Basin 
Resource Type: document --> case study 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2002 
Availability: Aubin, D. and Varone, F. (2002) Case Study 2 (Belgium): Dender River Basin, EUWARENESS,Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Unité de Sciences politiques et Relations internationales (SPRI), Association universitaire de Recherche sur l'Action publique (AURAP), Belgium. http://www.euwareness.nl/results/Belgie-2-kaft.pdf 
Author 1/Producer: David Aubin and Frédéric Varone 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.euwareness.nl/results/Belgie-2-kaft.pdf  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
 
Short description: EUWARENESS is a research project on European Water Regimes and the Notion of a Sustainable Status. Research institutes from six European countries (Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland) have been cooperating in this two year project (2000-2002). More information is available on www.euwareness.nl. The project is supported by the European Commission under the 5th Framework Programme, and co-ordinated by the University of Twente in the Netherlands. 
Long description: The Dender basin is a tributary basin of the international Schelde (Escaut) basin, located in Flanders. Its superficies is of 1384 km², but the official basin, as designed by the Flemish authorities is of 708 km² (Vesdre, 710 km²). The river Dender flows South to North. The upstream part of the basin is located in Wallonia, at the South of the Dender basin. The Dender basin is located precisely at the West of Brussels, at a mead distance between Brussels and Ghent. The basin is densely populated. The main town, located downstream, is Aalst (or Alost). The rivers’flow is conditioned by rainfalls. A wide set of water uses is embraced inside the basin. Agriculture and breeding are well developed upstream and industry downstream, along the navigable part of the Dender. Population is spread on all the territory, especially concentrated upstream. Even if natural places are protected, the basin has no initially preserved and wild areas, the same as most parts of Flanders. Tourism is not well developed even if present. No drinking water is produced locally. Another characteristic of the Dender river is that it is a former tidal river, now cut from the Schelde by a lock gate (sluis). 
Link to Project(s): EUWARENESS European Water Regimes and the Notion of a Sustainable Status
 
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