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Flood infrastructure Asset management and Investment in Renovation, adaptation and maintenance (FAIR)


Flooding is a major risk for loss of life and economic damage in the North Sea Region. Flood protection infrastructure, such as dykes, sluices and dams are ageing (many are 70-100y old) and often their performance is no longer at the desired level, requiring renovation, adaptation, and maintenance all across the region.

The overall objective of the FAIR project is to reduce flood risk across the North Sea Region by demonstrating climate change adaptation solutions to improve the performance of flood protection infrastructure. FAIR demonstrates improved approaches for cost-effective upgrading and maintenance, optimising investments across national-system-asset levels, as well as applying adaptive and innovative technical designs.

FAIR builds upon North Sea Region INTERREG IV results (i.e. MARE, SAWA) and state-of-the-art EU research from its partners (Deltares, TUHH, Sayers). FAIR guides the full-scale implementation of reinforcement, upgrade and maintenance programmes of dykes, sluices, dams, flood gates and pumping stations at target sites in United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden. Through a transnational approach, FAIR gathers the major asset owners in the North Sea Region, the first international collaboration of its kind.

Project information


Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands


UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands

Deltares, Netherlands

HHSK - Regional Water Authority Schieland and the Krimpenerweaard, Netherlands

The County Administrative Board of Skane, Sweden

Kyskdirektoratet, Denmark

TUHH - Institute of River and Coastal Engineering, Germany

LSGB - The agency of roads, bridges and waters, Ministry of Economy, Traffic and Innovation of the city of Hamburg, Germany

Sayers and Partners, United Kingdom

Source of funding

FAIR is a project co-funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme 2014 - 2020

Reference information


Published in Climate-ADAPT Feb 26 2019   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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