Living-Lab Rhine (LILAR)

Living-Lab Rhine (LILAR)

Sediment is a fundamental part of any river but sediment transport in the Rhine region has fundamentally changed over time. Dutch and German partners along the Rhine river measure and process data on sediment regime differently.

The partners of the LILAR project will strengthen the cross-border efforts to measure sediment characteristics by collecting different measuring methods, organising a joint measurement campaign, analysing and discussing the results of the campaign in a cross border stakeholder workshop and sharing the results in a joint position paper. The paper will be disseminated amongst the relevant stakeholders in the Rhine region. A joint approach on measuring methods will thus contribute to the strengthening of overall German-Dutch river management.


Sediment is a fundamental part of any river and shapes the river landscape and a diversity of habitats. However, sediment transport in the Rhine region has fundamentally changed over time due to developments such as changed land use, water use for irrigation, flood protection measures and industry. Climate change will further aggravate this. The dynamics and balance of sediment must continuously be studied in cooperation with our German partners along the Rhine, in order to keep the Rhine navigable, safe and biodiverse. Exchange of cross border data and experiences of river management are important to strengthen the understanding of the sediment regime in the Rhine.

Benefits of cooperation

Being able to better measure, compare and eventually understand the transboundary sediment regime of the Rhine allows for more efficient, effective and economically and ecologically sustainable sediment management. A better scientific basis will enhance support for policy decisions. For the management of the Rhine river, data and experiences from German partners along the Rhine could be very valuable to a better understanding of the river conditions but are not always comparable due to different measuring methods for example. A better cooperation with the German partners therefore provides valuable knowledge and ultimately better river management.

The LILAR project also supports the coordination of German and Dutch efforts aimed at participation in DANUBIUS-RI. DANUBIUS-RI is a research infrastructure distributed across Europe with a position on the 'European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures' (ESFRI) roadmap. DANUBIUS-RI aims to facilitate interdisciplinary research on river-sea systems and supporting and promoting sustainable management of the river system. Sediment is a research priority.

Project period

2021 - 2022

European programme

INTERREG Deutschland-Nederland