Recent flooding has demonstrated the vulnerability of North Sea Region. Municipalities have an urgent need to reduce flood risk, but lack a framework and the resources. The project is focusing on developing a transnational methodology to implement urban Flood Risk Management (FRMP) in four countries.
The project will thereby support national policy making related to the European Floods Directive and beyond. The main result will be a transnational methodology for FRM planning applicable in urban environments. In addition, the focus on long-term perspective on Climate change adaptation provides a practical follow-up to the EC green paper on climate change.


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


The overarching aim of MARE is to enable widespread implementation of local adaptive measures that mitigate flood risk.

Expected Outcomes

  • Learning and Action Alliances for professional stakeholders of Flood Risk Management (FRM);
  • Climate Proofing Toolbox: Flood Risk analysis tool to feed into FRM plans;
  • Hydrological and hydrodynamic models, assessment tools for tangible and non-tangible investments, knowledge based system adaptation measures at building and urban infrastructure levels;
  • Development of FRM plans and investment proposals based on (re)-development projects;
  • Transnational methodology for urban FRM planning.

Norsk prosjekteier

Bergen kommune


01.01.2009 - 31.12.2011


Total: 5 215 500 €


Andre partnere

Bjerknes Centre of Climate Research
Gemeente Dordrecht
Waterschap Hollandse Delta
Rijkswaterstaat Zuid-Holland
Provincie Zuid-Holland
Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat
Dura Vermeer Business Development b.v
Sheffield City Council
The University of Sheffield
Rotherham Metropolitican Borough Council
City of Hannover, Civil Engineering division
Leibniz University of Hannover, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences
Hannover Region Environment Department
Technical University Hamburg-Harburg