The institution of Charente river was created in 1977, following a historical drought in 1976, by the General Councils of the Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne departments and it was recognised as a public territorial basin establishment in 2007. In 2017, it became a Syndicat Mixte Ouvert (river basin governance body)
The mission of the EPTB Charente is to promote water management on the scale of the Charente river basin, by carrying out studies and fieldwork to improve the hydraulic regime in both high and low water, to maintain or restore the quality of water and aquatic environments, and to develop the river and its tributaries for tourism. It encourages consultation between the local authorities responsible for this management.
- Surface area: 10 550 km²
- River bassin district: Adour-Garonne
- Number of SAGE supported: 1
- Number of SAGE supported SAGE Charente
- Other management tools concerned by the project:
- 3 PTGE (Projet de Territoire pour la Gestion de l'Eau – territory project to help for the water management)
- Charente 2050
- The territory’s issues concerning the climate change: quantitative
CONTRIBUTION AT THE LIFE EAU&CLIMAT PROJECT
EPTB Charente is particularly involved in the following actions:
- Development and validation of decision support tools -> expectations and recommendations, for tools
- Facilitating access to hydro-climatic data -> specification of needs in terms of data and indicators
- Strengthen exchanges between researchers and managers -> hydrological modelling of the Charente river basin.