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To prepare the 2 Seas Region for the emerging trend in Climate Change

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

Lead partner

Stichting Toegepast Onderzoek Waterbeheer

Start Date


End Date


Project budget

6 499 430

ERDF amount

3 899 658

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Climate change is affecting countries in the 2 Seas area faster and more extreme than previously expected. The common challenge is to pro-actively prepare all 2 Seas stakeholders to climate change challenges. They need to embed the potential impact of flooding in their plans, on a strategic, tactical and operational level. The biggest challenge is that stakeholders do not know exactly how strong the flood defences are and how well emergency response is organized in practice. Most scenarios and decision support systems are based on theoretical models. Another challenge is to raise awareness among the general public and stakeholders that no guarantee can be given for a full-proof flood defence. Stakeholders in the 2 Seas countries need to test the viability of current and future proof flood resilience and emergency response approaches in practice. De-poldering of Hedwige- and Prosperpolder offers a unique 6 km2 living lab to validate flood defence and emergency response practices.



    Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken

    Université de Lille

    South West Water

    Environment Agency

    Technische Universiteit Delft

    Provincie Zeeland

    Ministerie van Defensie

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

    ISL Ingénierie

    HZ University of Applied Sciences

    Centre d'Etudes et d'Expertise sur les risques,l'Environnement,la Mobilité et l'Aménagement

    Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Watermanagement - Rijkswaterstaat