Zuid-Holland lead partner of European water safety project FRAMES

The province of Zuid-Holland has become the lead partner of the water safety project FRAMES (Flood Resilient Areas by Multi-layEr Safety). FRAMES will be launched on 1October 2016, for a period of three years. Eight (8) million euro are available, half of which is financed by Interreg.

On 29 September 2016, the European Interreg Fund of the North Sea Region Program announced that the grant application had been accepted. The project aims to make the inhabitants and the infrastructure more resilient against the consequences of possible floods and flooding.


Climate changes cause an increase in the precipitation in Europe, leading to higher river water levels in our delta, which in turn increase the chance of a dike breach. And if such a breach occurs, it would lead to more victims and greater damage.

The frequency and intensity of heavy showers are increasing as well, causing more flooding and damage, in particular in the urbanized, agricultural and horticultural areas. At national level, plans on how to deal with climate change and floods exist, but effecting those at a local level is a challenge.

FRAMES aims to reduce the effects of floods and flooding by:

  1. Increasing the inhabitants’ social resilience and empowerment(flood resilient communities)
  2. Increasing the physical infrastructure (flood resilient areas)
  3. Making recommendations to reduce the recovery time after a flood (increased response capacity)

FRAMES consortium

A consortium has been formed with parties from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK and Denmark, consisting of 11 partners in all, which include regional authorities, universities and area administrators. The partners cooperate on the development of knowledge and contribute financially to pilot projects. To combat climate change and floods, co-funding from Europe is required, as these events cross regional and national borders.

FRAMES intends to show that the effects of floods can be reduced by the introduction of safety measures at different levels and by various parties. Inhabitants, authorities and other stakeholders are directly involved through 13 pilot projects. The resulting data are to form the basis for the policy by local, regional, national and international authorities and bodies.