FRAMES-partners work on Awareness of Flooding and Floods

FRAMES intends to make the inhabitants and the infrastructure more resilient to the effects of possible flooding and excess water. The province of Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the project, which started on 1 October 2016 and runs for 3 years. Seven (7) million Euro is available, of which half is financed by Interreg.

Increase Awareness

The amount of precipitation in Europe is increasing as a result of climate change. This is leading to higher water levels in the rivers in our Delta, and is increasing the risk of dikes breaching. If such a breach occurs, this will lead to more victims and greater damage. The frequency and intensity of heavy showers are increasing as well. This is leading to more excess water and damage, in particular in urban areas, as well as in agriculture and horticulture. The challenge does not limit itself to regional or national borders. It is a joint task for all low-lying regions in the North Sea Region. 
“We must jointly increase the awareness of excess water and flooding. No single government or stakeholder can do this alone. International and regional cooperation is of great importance”, Regional Minister Rik Janssen explained.

Differences lead to Understanding

The countries of the North Sea Region; the delta areas of the North Sea, all have to cope with similar problems. By systematically comparing the differences and similarities in pilot projects, we gain insight how to deal resiliently with excess water and floods. With the introduction of safety measures at various levels and by various partners, the FRAMES-consortium wants to show that the effects of flooding can be reduced.

For instance, FRAMES intends to reduce the effects of floods and excess water by increasing the social resilience and self-sufficiency of inhabitants (flood resilient communities). The consortium also wants to increase the resilience of the physical infrastructure (flood resilient areas). Finally, recommendations are being made to reduce the recovery time after a flood (increased response capacity). Inhabitants, authorities, and other stakeholders will be directly involved via 13 pilot projects. The results are to form the basis for the policy for local, regional, national, and international governments and authorities.