The province of Zeeland is looking for effective ways to ensure a climate proof future. In this project they found many partners! Since facts and figures only take us so far, the results of existing research
will be tested on the ground. Ten project sites have been chosen to prove our point. They will soon begin their adaptation process. Each area is unique and remarkable, full of wonderful fauna & flora and economic opportunities.

Investments in Nature Reserve and Sustainable Tourism

In the United Kingdom three investments are planned in Wicken Fen, Great Fen and Titchwell Marsh in order to adapt these nature reserves to the climate change. Together with touristic bodies, local authorities and nature protection organisations they implement enhancements for wildlife, tourists and inhabitants. The projects will be managed by Wildlife BCNP, National Trust and RSPB.

Coastal defence project

On the south coast the island Schouwen duiveland is bordered by the estuary “Oosterschelde” The intertidal area of the Oosterschelde, which is a national park in the Netherlands and a Natura 2000 site of European importance, is subject to structural erosion. The hydromorphology of the Oosterschelde is out of balance due to the construction of the storm surge barrier and auxiliary dams of the Delta Project. This structural erosion is known as the “sand demand”of the Oosterschelde. The sand demand has a direct effect on the natural values of this natura2000 areas and a longer term effect on flood defense.

The intertidal areas of the Oosterschelde are of north west European importance for the waders on their spring and autumn migration. Loss of intertidal area threatens the foraging possibilities. It is estimated that the carrying capacity for Oystercatchers will be reduced by 80% in the coming 40 years. The intertidal areas are wave attack reducing foreland for the Oosterschelde dikes. The combined effect of the erosion and sea level rise will, in a period of over 30 years, result in increased wave attack which will lead to higher maintenance costs.

Replenishment of  the loss of sediment by nourishment or reduction of erosion are potential measures. But testing is necessary because little is known of construction costs, life span, ecological effects and possible side effects on recreation or fisheries. Therefore a program for   testing several potential measures is developed.

Several ideas, dealing with the reduction of erosion of the forelands, will be executed in the Oosterschelde: sand nourishment, hanging beach and shellfish reefs. This is the first time that pilots of this nature are executed in the North Sea Region. It is innovative in the way that it considers off-shore measures to deal with anticipated sea level rise and that the measures are based on natural processes (building with nature).Climate Proof Areas will monitor the effects of all projects co-ordinated Rijkswaterstaat.


CPA Work Package 2 report: Time to adapt
8 pilots that show you how

(September 2011 - english)

Pilot brochures

- Arvika (english)
Arvika (swedish)
- Great Fen (english)
- Oosterschelde (english)
Oosterschelde (dutch)
- Schouwen-Duiveland (english)
Schouwen-Duiveland (dutch)
- Titchwell (english)
- Wesermarsch urban (english)
- Wesermarsch rural (english)
- Wicken Fen (english)