The IHRH is involved in projects, studies, consultancy, research and e-networking in the areas of coastal regional management, coastal engineering, management of hydrological resources, design of water supply and waste water drainage systems and river hydraulics, amongst others. It is an institution that is officially recognised as being of "Public Use" and as "Relevant for National Scientific and Technological Development".
The IHRH (Institute of Hydrology and Hydrological Resources) is a not-for-profit private association. It was set up in December 1986, as an institution for the transfer of knowledge and the provision of research and experimental development services and other scientific and technical research activities, in the fields of Hydrology and Engineering for Hydrological Resources and the Environment, between Porto University, (primarily through the engineering faculty) and other entities pursuing primarily public objectives.
CEGOT (Centre for Geography and Territorial Planning) is a Research Unit financed by the FCT composed of geographic researchers from the Universities of Coimbra, Porto and Minho, that is currently located at Coimbra University, the oldest and one of the most prestigious in Portugal. CEGOT’s objective is to promote geographical research in its environmental and social implications and in theory and practice.
A number of studies conducted by its researchers carried out on the Central Region’s coastal strip have led to a reasonable understanding of both its natural and human dynamics. The studies concern the development of beaches and frontal and inland dunes; the dynamics, water quality and economic activities of the Mondego Estuary; urban planning and tourism and leisure activities of the coastal settlements of the Central Region.
The reasons for participating in this project are connected with the opportunity it provides to disseminate acquired knowledge and data across boundaries, and also to identify the needs of the persons and institutions that are in some way decision-makers for the coastal strip, thereby reorienting future CEGOT studies in the practical sense of being able to contribute to these needs being met. There is also an incentive for those personally involved in the project to undertake more systematic testing of the data and knowledge already obtained or implemented by other scientific organisations dedicated to studying this coastal strip from other angles (e.g. University of Aveiro, IMAR (Institute of Maritime Studies) and the Earth Sciences Centre). In short, the key purpose is to contribute to the improved governance of our coastline.
The Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, IP (LNEC), established in November 1946, is a public Science and Technology institution, which is subject to Government supervision through the Ministry of Public Works, Transports and Communications. Its competences, as referred to in the definition of strategic guidelines, are performed in articulation with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. _LNEC’s activity is developed in the various fields of civil engineering and associated areas and its main assignments are the execution, supervision and promotion of the scientific research and technological development necessary for achieving progress, innovation and good practice in civil engineering. Its staff is about 630 people, of which approximately 43.8% have a University degree and about 25% are researchers holding a PhD or an equivalent degree. It also has about 80 scientific research fellows with a grant awarded by LNEC.
In this project, LNEC will bring in expertise from the Estuaries and Coastal Zones Division (NEC), within the Hydraulics and Environment Department (DHA). NEC develops studies within its areas of expertise for the Portuguese public and private sectors and for various overseas clients. NEC has developed projects for almost all Portuguese estuaries and coastal lagoons, as well as coastal systems in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.
The Estuaries and Coastal Zones Division (NEC) covers three major areas: estuarine and coastal hydrodynamics; sediment dynamics in estuaries, tidal inlets, beaches and harbours; water and sediment quality in the coastal zone. These studies are developed using different methodologies, such as:
Numerical models (long wave propagation, short wave propagation, generation of littoral currents, estuarine and coastal -morphodynamics, scalar transport, transport of cohesive sediments, water quality);
Physical models (two-dimensional channels to study the stability of beach profiles; three-dimensional tanks to study the longitudinal stability of beaches);
Laboratory facilities (experimental facility for cohesive sediment studies including an annular flume, sedimentation column, consolidation set-up, and a sedimentological laboratory);
Field data acquisition.
Within the ANCORIM Project, LNEC will participate in the Activity 4 - Management and prevention of the risks affecting shoreline mobility. It will bring expertise to assess and develop the preferred approaches to the project implementation. Through its vast knowledge and information on the Portuguese coastal zones, LNEC will contribute in developing, implementing and completing the project data bases (resources inventory, actors database).
The Administration of the Hydrographic Region of the Centre is a newly created Public Institute, among a set of five similar institutes covering Portuguese Hydrographic Regions. Our mission is to protect and enhance the environmental components of water, and to ensure the sustainable management of water resources within the hydrographical region which, in our case, includes Rivers Vouga, Mondego and Lis. Associated to our area are approximately 1200 km2 and 1,5 million in-habitants. We aim to be an innovative organization committed to ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources in each water basin and an integrated management of interior and coastal water resources, fostering a culture of joint responsibility among water users and the society as a whole.
Our Key responsibilities include issues like:
preparing and implementing management plans for hydrographical basins and specific plans for water management;
establishing and implementing a water quality and quantity monitoring network and programme in the hydrographic region;
deciding on permits for water resources use and supervising compliance;
analysing the features of the hydrographic region and the impacts of human activity on the state of the water, as well as the economic dimension of water use;
maintaining a register of protected and catchment areas for water for human consumption;
promoting the regeneration of water resources and fluvial systematisation, as well as coastal protection;
applying the economic and financial instruments on hydrographic basins, collecting taxes and investing them on the management of the hydrographic basin water.
The direct beneficiaries of the services provided by the Administration of the Hydrographic Regional are the municipalities, the central and local public administration, private entities and individuals, associations and regional/local development agencies, etc. Our work is periodically evaluated by a regional council where the main water users and relevant regional actors are represented.