Climate Proof Areas


CPA aimed to create a portfolio of climate adoption strategies for the North Sea Region. This was done by carrying out multi-focused pilot projects across the North Sea Region in order to analyse the impacts of climate changes as a first step.

Subsequently, diverse climate adoption strategies were developed, implemented and tested. In addition, the project fostered political support established by the Memoranding of Understanding (MoU) of the North Sea Commission, triggering future investments on a transnational level.

01/07/2008 - 31/12/2011
2 - Promoting the Sustainable Management of our Environment
Area of Intervention
2.3 Adapting to and reducing risks posed to society and nature by a changing climate
ERDF Grant
2,711,442.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
Total Eligible Budget
5,422,884.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
Province of Zeeland, The Netherlands
Ruben Akkermans
Tel: 00 31 118 63 10 88
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Beneficiaries per Country
The Netherlands
Province of Zeeland
Municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland
Deltares Unit Subsurface and Groundwater
Directorate general of public works and watermanagement department Zeeland
University of Oldenburg
Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI)
Arvika kommun
County Administrative Board of Värmland
Administrative Board Västra Götalands län
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Ghent University – Centre for Mobility and Physical Planning
United Kingdom
National Trust
Wildlife Trust NCPB
Background and Aim

The aim of the project was to accelerate the climate change adaptation process in the North Sea Region by means of the joint development and testing of innovative adaptation measures in pilot locations for a variety of areas representative for the North Sea Region as a whole, and use the results to give recommendations for regional, national and North Sea Region wide adaptation strategies and create a toolkit for adaptation in the North Sea Region, thus preparing these regions, countries and the North Sea Region for anticipated changes in the climate.

The project also aimed to improve adaptation policies on regional and national level by means of targeted communication actions to the various political stakeholders.

The North Sea Region is threatened by the effects of climate change and especially raising sea levels will impact the North Sea Region, which mainly consists of coastal areas. The frequency and impact of natural disasters such as storm surges and floods will increase in the future while also increased levels of rainfall and higher water levels in rivers are expected.

This directly threatens core values of the North Sea Region such as precious nature areas and densely populated urban areas along the North Sea coast. The European Commission has recognised that apart from working on mitigation (CO2 reduction) adaptation is unavoidable, hence the development of the green paper 'adapting to climate change in Europe - options for EU action'. Experience and expertise in designing effective adaptation strategies and especially designing and implementing concrete adaptation measures is very limited.

Adaptation will require (huge) spatial investments and innovative solutions which are politically sensitive. Therefore the NSR countries have the common challenge to work on climate change adaptation strategies and innovative measures that will enable the NSR countries to deal with the problems caused by climate change. This project will set major steps towards implementing concrete adaptation measures, transfer this experience to the entire NSR and thus accelerate the adaptation process in the NSR.

Throughout the partnership, different land uses as nature conservation, urban/build-up areas and agriculture are represented. Although all have different accents in land use, still an integrated approach is needed in order to achieve a sustainable approach. Therefore all partners will work together on jointly developed regional adaptation strategies and pilot locations that will set further steps towards implementation and testing of adaptation measures.

Together the CPA partnership worked out how to tackle climate change with adaptation measures and strategy. The partnership shared knowledge that resulted from local pilots and from discussions among the partners involved in the CPA project. The results benefitted from the coordinated exposure to the public, knowledge institutes and governments.

Pilot locations

Arvika inundation map


Wicken Fen

Schouwen-Duiveland infographic

Plompe toren

Multi layer safety

Measuring groundwater salinity

CPA infographic pilots

Bruinisse adaptation measures 2050-2100

arvika-aerial picture

Grand designs for wildlife watching

Partner and managment team meeting, Camebridge, 21-23/06/2009

Partner and managment team meeting, Cambridge, 21-23/06/ 2009

Partner and management team meeting, 10/2008

Partner and Management Team meeting, Schouwen-Duiveland , 10/ 2008

Partner and Management Team meeting, Arvika, 14-17/06/2010

Partner and Management Team meeting, Arvika, 14-17/06/2010

Partner and Management Team meeting, Arvika, 14-17/06/2010

Partner Meeting November 2010

Partner Meeting November 2010




Great Fen

Wicken Fen

Schouwen Duiveland

Climate Proof Areas team

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