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Kleine Nete

The Kleine Nete is a clean but vulnerable river in Flanders, with strict Water Framework and Habitats Directives. Popular canoeing and kayaking activities can undermine these goals. The 2018 Kayak Agreement between the government, rental firms, and municipalities aims to promote responsible use of the river.

Key Challenge

How can we communicate with water users about the goals for the Kleine Nete, instead of a kayak ban, to keep the Kleine Nete clean and safe for aquatic life?

Possible solutions

  • Digital information boards.
  • App and messages on smartphone: actual, real-time information about water depth, discharge, water quality data, flora, and fauna.

Project partners involved

  • Flanders Environment Agency