Within the framework of the “Ecological Water Management against Extreme Weather Conditions in the Borders Region – ECOWAM”, on 9th and 10th December 2019, there was a joint project team meeting in Szeged and a field visit to the Kurca main channel near Mindszent, Szegvár and Szentes where the works covered by the ECOWAM project are being executed. The meeting and field visit were organized by the Lower Tisza District Water Directorate – ATIVIZIG and attended by the project team members of ATIVIZIG, PWMC “Vode Vojvodine” Novi Sad and European Affairs Fund of AP Vojvodina.
During the meeting, the members of the project team discussed the activities implemented so far, as well as the upcoming activities in the following period. During the field visit the ATIVIZIG experts informed the project team about the start of the works covered by the ECOWAM project on the Hungarian side and dynamics of their execution. The works on the dredging of the Kurca main canal started in October. At Szegvár, the preparations have been completed, the reed has been cut and the Kurca canal is to be dredged in the length of 5 km. At Szentes, the works on the construction of a new sluice – Bikaistálló have started. The old sluice has been pulled down and the construction of a new, twice as large sluice has been planned. After the construction, a monitoring station has been planned to be constructed.
The “Eco-friendly water management against extreme weather conditions in the cross-border area – ECOWAM” project, is being implemented under the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation programme Hungary-Serbia. The partnership in the project, which total budget amounts to EUR 1,758,447.43, of which the European Union’s co-financing (IPA) amounts to EUR 1,494,680.31, consists the Lower Tisza District Water Directorate – ATIVIZIG (Hungary), PWMC “Vode Vojvodine” Novi Sad (Serbia) and the European Affairs Fund of AP Vojvodina (Serbia). The project aims at preventing the negative effects on the quality of water bodies by establishing a joint system of improvement of water management in AP Vojvodina and Csongrád County.