Since flooding disasters do not stop at local, regional or even national borders, and neither do the effects of such disasters, transnational cooperation in contingency planning is very important. Although the actual approaches are comparable, different structures and cultural differences make that interregional cooperation on proaction, prevention, preparation, response and recovery, i.e. the chain of safety is not always uniform.
The European member states and the European Commission are developing initiatives and strategies covering the whole of the chain of safety. One of the objectives of the Chain of Safety project is to provide input and recommendations to the European discussion regarding this field, by exchanging knowledge and experience available within the partnership. This will minimise the casualties and damage caused by coastal flooding.
The overall objective of the project is to initiate a contingency plan for flooding covering the whole North Sea Area. This would be in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, in order to combine best practices and experiences.