The Polder2C’s project is carried out in the Hedwige-Prosperpolder, on the border of the Netherlands and Belgium. Its primary objective is to better prepare the area of the 2 Seas (covering the coastal regions along the Southern North Sea and the Channel area) for the possible consequences of climate change, such as floods.

Until now, all scenarios and decision models have been based on theoretical models. The replacement of the Scheldedijk temporarily creates a unique dike that is several kilometres long and perfectly suited for testing flood defences and crisis plans under realistic conditions. The Scheldedijk is turned into a Living Lab, in which 13 partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom collaborate, whilst a further 34 observers watch.

This Living Lab allows for the simulation of realistic scenarios, resulting in a more truthful foundation for informed decisions concerning dike safety and flood crisis management.



  • Mobility and Public Works Department, Belgium
  • Flanders Hydraulics Research, Belgium
  • Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Environment Agency, United Kingdom
  • South West Water, United Kingdom
  • Cerema, France
  • ISL Ingenerie, France
  • University of Lille, France
  • TU Delft, the Netherlands
  • Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), the Netherlands
  • Province of Zeeland, the Netherlands
  • HZ University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Ministry of Defence, the Netherlands


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Movie: Baseline inspection

Source: YouTube kanaal Interreg Polder2C’s Living Lab Hedwige-Prosperpolder

Movie: Educating the next generation

Source: YouTube kanaal Interreg Polder2C’s Living Lab Hedwige-Prosperpolder

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