Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij

Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (BE) is responsible for the management of the environment, including water, in Flanders, Belgium. In the DROP project, the agency contributes to the agriculture pilot. In Flanders, climate change is projected to cause more clustered rainfall, but also longer periods of drought in summer. Making the right decisions at the right time to deal with this new problem of drought is only possible when the available tools also focus on drought conditions. Existing models are largely focusing on high flows and need to be better equipped for supporting the management of low flows. The technical goal of this pilot measures is therefore to set-up adequate instruments and strategies for drought management and drought adaptation measures for agriculture in particular. An operational set of indicators will be developed and integrated into a new Flemish Hydrological Model. A use case will be selected to test new model concepts. Also a coordination platform with various users will be set up.

Pitch Willem Defloor -projectleader

The following actions are foreseen:

  • Development of (operational) indicators for drought and impacts of drought damage (on the basis of a review of different approaches and possibilities) and select, together with end users, relevant hydrological model concepts.
  • Integrate selected hydrological model concepts into a hydrological toolbox.
  • Integrate crop damage functions (in use by the Agricultural department) into the process-based hydrological models and groundwater models.

The agriculture pilot is implemented with Water Authority Groot Salland (the Netherlands). Drought experts of both organizations participate in six exchanges during which potential measures are designed, discussed and evaluated. The governance team of the DROP project will visit the region twice to define and evaluate the regional governance setting for drought adaptation measures.

For more information about this partner, visit the website of Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij www.vmm.be.