There are two main objectives of the project. On the one hand, it aims to increase cooperation between all interested parties in management of river corridors, i.e. identify appropriate bodies and individuals undertaking the work, elaborate mechanisms for them to meet, reach consensus, and exercise control over the development of the river corridors. On the other hand, the aim is to demonstrate, in a practical way, how to apply an integrated management strategy through a series of projects in each of the partner-led areas.
SPARC stands for the overarching project work focuses on setting up mechanisms for establishing local partnerships and engaging communities in the development of rivers and their corridors. The project has by its 'SPARC' philosophy and its river management programmes in the five participating countries encouraged bio-diversity, addressed the problem of flooding, preserved heritage and seized the opportunity to establish local economic development as an asset to conservation.
The project has also corresponded to the third major piece of European legislation in terms of the Water Framework Directive. For instance, the creation of wetland along the river corridor of the River Halkær in Denmark has helped purify the water, while the construction of a river-off 'collection' lake filters out further nutrients. The project has thus met the requirements of both the Habitats Directive and the Water Framework Directive, providing habitat flora and fauna, while creating cleaner water.