Study visit showcases successful work of grant municipalities
A dozen participants from Hungary, Latvia, Norway and Portugal departed from Budapest on the morning of October 5, 2016, for a three-day visit to sites in Hungary where work has been completed successfully within the EEA Grants-financed ‘Pilot Projects’ component (EEA-C3). The study tour was organised within the EEA Grants programme’s bilateral relations component.
The visit on the first day was to Tát-Tokod, at the Danube Bend about an hour’s drive from Budapest, to see results of the EEA-C3-8 component ‘Rainwater Management and Climate Adaptation Strategies of Tát-Tokod’. The group travelled next to Mórahalom, in southern Hungary near Szeged and the Serbian border, for a look at work performed under the EEA-C3-6 component ‘Adapting to Climate Change in the Homokhát Area’. The final leg of the journey was to Mátészalka in the north eastern corner of Hungary, where participants saw several new water-related installations built within the EEA-C3-9 component ‘Öreg-Túr Rehabilitation — Phase II’.
Local presentations and descriptions of the project work, followed by group visits to the sites themselves, showcased high levels of innovation, cooperation and effort undertaken within the EEA-C3 component.
- Flood and rainwater management: Tát-Tokod pilot project (EEA-C3-8)
- Saving a region from drought: Homokhát pilot project (EEA-C3-6)
- Balancing the old and the new: Öreg-Túr rehabilitation — Phase II (EEA-C3-9)
Thanks to the efforts of the people involved in the pilot projects enabled through the EEA Grants mechanism, a wide range of technical and administrative solutions have been put in place to address some of the most important water-related challenges in Hungary, such as flooding, drought and fluctuating groundwater levels. Hopefully, successful examples of funding and project implementation such as these can continue to provide valuable lessons to the municipalities involved, while opening up fresh opportunities for other communities and regions in the near future.