Learning to live with floods

As global temperatures rise, learning to cope with floods is no longer a choice but a necessity. FRAMES showed how the Multi-Layer Safety approach improves flood resilience, inspiring a flurry of action across the North […]

5 ways to supercharge the green energy transition

The latest IPCC report and the rising cost of oil and gas both underline the urgent need to ramp up fossil-free solutions. Focused on innovation and testing on the ground, Interreg North Sea Region projects […]

A French connection at the secretariat

Marie Martin Kjaersgaard close-up photo

In November, we were thrilled to welcome Marie Martin Kjærsgaard at the Joint Secretariat in Viborg. She has settled in brilliantly and is already a close member of our team. I spoke with her to […]

SMEs bring on the taste of local

Farmers who are part of the cooperative de Streekboer standing in front of a red tractor.

Increased sales of local food products can create rural jobs, help communities to thrive, and support more sustainable food systems. The REFRAME project discovered a staggering 100 ways to support SMEs to grow local food […]

Hans Wevers: My Interreg journey

Hans Wevers overlooking Grand Canyon

In August 2021, Hans Wevers took leave from his employer Reeleaf. His goal was to experience transnational cooperation first-hand by joining our team for twelve months. Recently, he agreed to extend his stay with us […]

Dordrecht takes its blue-green vision to the next level

As extreme weather events become increasingly frequent, cities are working together to find effective solutions to adapt. Backed up by the North Sea Region project BEGIN, the Dutch city of Dordrecht has been investing in […]

SEA screening: one step closer to the new programme

One of the key steps in developing our future programme (2021-2027) is to evaluate its environmental impacts. In the spring of 2021, an independent screening therefore took place under the EU Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) […]

Cities as drivers of green innovation

“We have the challenge – who has the solution?” This is the Living Lab concept for challenge-driven innovation explored by Northern Connections. After four years of work, we have proof of concept that cities, regions, […]

Study finds nature-based solutions add flood resilience across large areas

Landscape with a re-meandered river

This summer’s devastating floods in Europe was a wake-up call to an emerging reality that was further accentuated in the latest IPCC report, released on August 9th. Nature-based solutions help reduce flood risk locally, but […]

Greening ports from the hinterland

Aerial shot of the dryport in Skaraborg, today a logistics hot spot of Sweden

How can ports become greener and smarter? DRYPORT (2008-2012) explored a concept that has proved very durable and still leads to positive spinoffs in the North Sea Region and beyond.  ”Just call me any time, […]