Tisza floodplain project reviews, Hungary

Location:  Hungary                                                                                      Partner: AETS                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Client: JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions)

Challenge

In 2019 JBA Ireland advised on compliance with European Union (EU) directives and strategies of flood scheme funding applications from Hungarian Authorities. The two schemes have now been approved for European Commission (EC) funding contributions of €145 million to reduce flood risk to over 130,000 people, whilst making space for the river.

The Tisza river is a major tributary of the Danube and has historically been straightened and disconnected from its wide floodplain by continuous flood levees that have been built up over time. The projects in the Upper and Middle Tisza will reduce flood levels through the improved conveyance of the river corridor, and reinstatement of floodplain areas through controlled flooding. 

The two projects are: 

  • Project 1: Tisza Floodplain Improving conveyance capacity of the high-water riverbed between the railway bridges at Szolnok and Kiskore. 
  • Project 2: The construction of IVP upper-Tisza flood protection system, Tisza-Tur reservoir.

Solution

Our approach to working closely with the JASPERS assignment manager enabled intelligent, informed and innovative approaches to ensuring compliance with EU Directives. The feedback from our client at JASPERS: 

Thanks a lot for your assistance – it was really needed and very professional!!

Benefit

The EU cohesion funds are aimed at delivering investment in capital projects across European Regions and different sectors of the economy. The project will deliver flood protection, resilience to climate change, opportunities for biodiversity and local jobs in the construction phase.

Our role has been to help advise and build capacity to develop major infrastructure projects that are consistent with EU directives and strategies. This requires both detailed working knowledge of the Water Framework Directive, Habitats Directive, EIAR directives. 

These projects can now proceed and reduce flood risk to communities, industry and agriculture, boosting the regional economy and wellbeing. 

Want to know more?

Email Tom Sampson for more information on the environmental assessment reviews for projects seeking EU funding.

You can also find more examples of our international project work on our Projects webpage and our International Development webpage. 



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