Welcome to FRAMES' webspace. FRAMES is a project co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme 2014 - 2020.

FRAMES aims on increasing the resilience of areas and communities by working with the Multi-Layer Safety (MLS) Concept.

Climate change causes increasing sea levels and extreme rainfall patterns for areas in the North Sea Region. FRAMES (Flood Resilient Areas by multi-layEr Safety) aims on increasing the resilience of areas and communities by working with the Multi-Layer Safety (MLS) Concept. Traditional, static flood preventions,may not be sufficient anymore in the future. There will never be enough resources to protect every single citizen from flooding, but if we smartly combine resilience measures we can minimise impact. FRAMES shifts to Multi-Layer Safety smartly combining resilience measures. Frames aims at:

  • Flood resilient areas: improving infrastructure and spatial planning measures 

  • Flood resilient communities: making people and social stakeholders better prepared 

  • Flood resilient authorities: reducing recovery times and increase response capacity 

Partners form the UK, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have designated 13 pilots in areas which are comparable from geographic and demographic view, so monitoring generates new insights and solutions.

The Multi-Layer Safety Concept (MLS)

The MLS concept is a policy strategy that integrates measures for: prevention, mitigation via spatial planning and emergency response. These layers are traditionally managed by different authorities and sectors, but through MLS, the barriers are lifted and the stakeholders jointly apply the most effective combination of solutions. The MLS principles are being acknowledged by more and more authorities and practitioners across the NSR, but have thus far not been developed in a transnational way. The FRAMES partners are experimenting with MLS related concepts and will build on this experience to realise sustainable strateg¡es and improve the capacity of authorities and society to cope with flooding.