Climate change is increasing the risk of flooding in the North Sea region. This is endangering people and the economy.

Flood protection is the cornerstone of our strategy to reduce this risk. The dykes, locks and dams that protect us from flooding in North-West Europe are ageing on a large scale. After a service life of almost 100 years, they no longer perform at the desired level and therefore need to be renovated, upgraded and maintained.

FAIR demonstrates improved approaches for cost-effective upgrades and maintenance, optimizing investments over national system assets and applying adaptive solutions. FAIR stands for Flood infrastructure Asset management & Investment in Renovation, adaptation, optimization and maintenance.


The overall aim of the FAIR project is to reduce the risk of flooding in the North Sea region by means of solutions for adapting to climate change that improve the performance of flood protection infrastructure.

The FAIR project will improve methods and techniques for adapting to climate change through improved methods of adaptive investment planning and adaptive technologies for upgrading existing flood protection infrastructure.

A transnational approach plays a crucial role in accelerating the learning process, as there is no budget or time to make mistakes. By sharing experiences and knowledge, participation in the FAIR project will contribute to improved practice at Rijkswaterstaat.

Project period

2015 – 2020

European programme

Interreg North Sea Region VB

Project website

Website FAIR


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