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Climate change, human use and change of landscapes increases the pressure on our groundwater and soil resources in the North Sea Region. The internal and external factors controlling groundwater and soil are connected in a complex way and may have amplifying negative repercussions.

The EU Climate Change Adaptation strategy, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EU directives for Groundwater, for Water and for Soil all call for faster and systematic change to ensure enough good-quality water at any time.

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A Blue Transition

This Interreg North Sea Region project targets a systemic change, a “Blue Transition”, by an integrated water and soil management in times of climate change. A Blue Transition balances often-disconnected activities in urban, agricultural or natural areas, considers a transition in land-use and fosters political structures and governance. Thus, the Blue Transition project accounts for the complex and crosscutting relationships between climate adaptation and water management.

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Our Pilots

16 pilots in Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, France and Germany gain knowledge about the complexity and develop transnational solutions for water boards, farmers, authorities and the society in three crosscutting work packages to:

  • enable land-use change in forests, farming land, wetlands, peatlands or nature protected areas both short and long term to secure
  • improve groundwater resources;
  • integrate, connect and balance activities in agricultural, natural and urban areas;
  • ensure the future availability of good-quality water while helping to revitalise natural habitats and reduce CO2 emissions.

The team

The Blue Transition consortium has been set up with 23 partners from six countries to cover the necessary variety and similarities, which allows us to develop compressive strategies and policy recommendations both at local and at pilot level. This large consortium links science, government, industry, stakeholder and society to foster implementation, to upscale measures by transnational discussion, and includes innovative dissemination and capacity building.