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, […]

Ten years of driving winning ports

The North Sea Region project Dryport gave rise to the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA). As it celebrates its tenth anniversary, journalist Felicity Landon reflects on an extraordinary decade of achievement. Since its official […]

How projects cope during Covid-19

Early February, North Sea region projects came together to share experiences  during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Joint Secretariat hosted four sessions where 20 project experts shared challenges and presented solutions on how to set up pilots, engage […]

Growing the healthcare economy

Two people in close dialogue at an event.

How can society keep up with increasing needs for healthcare? SHINE found the key may be smart business cases creating wins for both companies and the public health sector. In the project SHINE, eight partners […]

We have a new team member – welcome Femke!

A very warm welcome to our newest team member and now second Dutch colleague, Femke Boersma. Femke joined the Joint Secretariat at the beginning of October. Despite only having spent a week in the office as […]

Helping start-ups brave the pandemic

After two years of successfully helping start-ups test their innovations at European festivals, 2020 was not the best year for the Inno-Quarter project. The big problem was that the Covid-19 pandemic shut down this year’s […]