Case study:Agreed definition of mobility area for the Adour

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Status In progress
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Country France
Main contact forename Fréderic
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Contact organisation Institution Adour
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The Adour is an highly mobile, braided piedmont watercourse and constitutes one of the primary resources for alluvial materials in the Adour-Garonne basin. From the 1960s, large amounts of aggregates were extracted from both its main channel and associated floodplain. These activities caused a significant incision of the main channel, reducing the frequency of flooding into the floodplain, lowering the ground water table and cutting off ancient meanders, etc. Thus erosion of the banks occurred, which prompted the managing authorities to stabilise its cross-sectional and longitudinal profile: major embankments, weirs and protective structures for banks (covering 26% of banks) were subsequently constructed on the Adour. In order to put a stop to isolated responses to demands for riverbank consolidation without the implementation of a global approach, the Institution Adour and the two local associations conducted a joint study of how to design an integrated, acceptable and sustainable management programme for the Adour’s mobility area. The consultation with stakeholders in the area led to the definition of a permissible mobility area covering 1,744 hectares.

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The Adour at Izotges (Gers).
Restoration of the three hectares of floodplain by moving back embankments, representing an additional storage area for 50,000 m³ of floodwater.
The Adour at Jû-Belloc (Gers): watercourse with a mobile bed.

Catchment and subcatchment


River basin district Hautes-Pyrénées et Ger
River basin Adour - Garonne


River name L'Adour
Area category more than 10000 km²
Area (km2) 17000 km²
1,700,000 ha
Maximum altitude category
Maximum altitude (m)
Dominant geology
Ecoregion Western Plains
Dominant land cover Intensive agriculture
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Name Hautes-Pyrénées et Ger
WFD water body codes FRFR327C
WFD (national) typology
WFD water body name
Pre-project morphology Braided, Entrenched, Embanked
Reference morphology Braided
Desired post project morphology
Heavily modified water body true
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Protected species present
Invasive species present
Species of interest
Dominant hydrology
Dominant substrate Gravel
River corridor land use Intensive agriculture, Urban
Average bankfull channel width category 10 - 50 m
Average bankfull channel width (m) 20
20 m
0.02 km
2,000 cm
Average bankfull channel depth category
Average bankfull channel depth (m)
Mean discharge category
Mean annual discharge (m3/s) 35
35 m³/s
35,000 l/s
Average channel gradient category
Average channel gradient 0.002
Average unit stream power (W/m2) 34.3245
34.325 W/m²

Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 44000 m
44 km
4,400,000 cm
Project started 2005/01/01
Works started 2008/01/01
Works completed 2018/01/01
Project completed
Total cost category 1000 - 5000 k€
Total cost (k€) 3733 k€
3,733,000 €
Benefit to cost ratio
Funding sources Water Agency, Institution Adour, Regional Council, French State

Cost for project phases

Phase cost category cost exact (k€) Lead organisation Contact forename Contact surname
Investigation and design 100 - 500 k€ 130 k€
130,000 €
Stakeholder engagement and communication 50 - 100 k€ 55 k€
55,000 €
Works and works supervision 1000 - 5000 k€ 2580 k€
2,580,000 €
Water Agency
Post-project management and maintenance
Monitoring 100 - 500 k€ 130 k€
130,000 €

Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Flood defence, Abstraction, Aggregate/mineral extraction
Hydromorphology Width & depth variation, Flow velocities, Structure & condition of riparian zones
Other reasons for the project Flood risk management, Stop riverbed incision and groundwater table lowering


Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Removal of bank reinforcements
Floodplain / River corridor Develop riparian forest
Planform / Channel pattern
Non-structural measures
Management interventions Definition of erodble corridor
Social measures (incl. engagement)
Other Consultation


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Channel pattern/planform Yes

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