Provincie Overijssel (PROV)
Why is Overijssel participating in CATCH?
The Overijssel province considers the responsibility to search for climate proof measures a shared responsibility of the region and cities. Therefore the province is searching for ways to improve communication and come to joint development of climate adaptation strategies. CATCH will improve understanding of the needs of regions and cities. Together with the decision support tool, this will facilitate the sense of shared ownership and joint development of climate adaptation strategies.
What is your main role in the project?
The Overijssel province is experienced in the joint development of climate adaptation policies and measures with other (midsize) cities in the region. The main role is to bring this specific knowledge and support CATCH to develop tools that will really help regional authorities and cities. The province will deliver an important contribution in addressing policy makers and politicians on the national level about the support midsize cities deserve and need in designing long term adaptation strategies.
What experience do you have with regards to climate adaptation?
The province has a crucial role in climate adaptation in the region because the predicted effects directly affect provincial core tasks, such as nature development, monitoring of groundwater, quality of soils and regional economic development. Overijssel gained experience with this guiding role in climate adaptation, for example as the leader of IJssel-Vechtdelta programme, one of the three Living Labs for water safety and climate resilience in the Netherlands.
What is the organisation’s experience in participating EU co-financed projects or other international projects?
The province participated in EU-cofunded projects for many years. These projects are financed from different programmes like INTERREG A, B and C and the Objective 2 ERDF programme. Examples are Brainflow (INTERREG C), Next Generation Services (INTERREG A) and Inside Out (INTERREG EUROPE). The role of the province is in most cases project partner and they operate as lead partner.